What is counselling and psychotherapy?
Counselling and psychotherapy is an opportunity for you to talk to a trained professional about whatever is troubling you. It is a unique relationship which differs from a conversation with a family member or friend. It can allow you to explore your difficulties in a supportive and confidential environment in order to enhance your well being or gain deeper understanding. Counselling can support you through difficult periods in your life and can help to facilitate positive change.
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
The main difference between counselling and psychotherapy is that in order to qualify as a psychotherapist you are required to attend a longer and more in depth training as well as complete a psychiatric placement. I am a registered Gestalt Psychotherapist and completed a psychiatric placement at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.
What is an initial session?
An initial session is the first session we have together. This gives you the opportunity to meet me, see if we make a "good fit" as well as get a feel for what it would mean for us to work together whether in the short or long term. I will invite you to tell me about what is troubling you and what you hope to get out of counselling and psychotherapy. I may ask you questions about your current situation and your personal history in order to fully understand how to help you. There is no obligation after the initial session to continue with further sessions if you do not wish to engage in therapeutic work with me.
How to arrange an initial session?
In order to make an enquiry or arrange an initial session you can either call me on my mobile on 07951 588 612 or by email via my website. You are very welcome to talk to me before arranging an initial session if you have any questions that you would like to ask before taking the next step.
Further sessions and Fees
Sessions are 50 minutes in length and held at a regular session time on a weekly basis. How long you want to work for is entirely up to you. Some clients may want to work on a specific issue and then move on and others stay longer as they deepen their awareness and understanding through on-going reflection and exploration.
Sessions are payable in either cash or cheque or in advance by bank transfer.
Oxford Circus Practice: £70
Nunhead Practice: £55
Further contractual details can be discussed in the initial session.
Do you accept Health Insurance?
Yes, I do. I am BUPA approved and am registered with a number of private health insurances, including Pru Health, WPA and Aviva.
How do I get to you?
As I am only minutes away from Oxford Circus tube my Central London clinic is very easy to find. Exit the tube and then walk down Regent's Street past Nike and Top Shop towards the BBC and Margaret Street is the second street on your right. For a map please click here.
My Nunhead clinic is also easy to find and a 10 minute walk from Nunhead Station or catch the P12 bus to Limesford Road. The 343 or 484 stop at Merttins Road, about a 5 minute walk away. Nunhead is also easily accessible on the Overground. Please go to Transport for London for further details. For a map please .
Telephone Couselling or Skype
If you have a busy schedule or are unable to attend either the Oxford Circus or Nunhead practice clinic I also offer sessions via Skype or telephone counselling. I have found this approach to be a useful alternative to face-to-face work and have become particularly skilled in working in this way. My Skype address is hannah.rees21
Do you work with singers and perfomers?
I also work with singers and performers who want to work on issues that are stopping them from reaching their full potential as creative artists such as uncovering blocks to putting in a good performance or audition due to stage fright and performance anxiety as well as exploring the intimate relationship to your "art", "creativity" and your "voice".
Do you also work in German?
Ja, ich biete Sitzungen in der deutschen Sprache an. Ich spreche fliessend deutsch, da ich als Engländerin zwei-sprachig in Deutschland aufgewachsen bin. Nachdem ich meine A'Levels in England abgeschlossen habe, habe ich Germanistik als Hauptfach an der Universität Manchester studiert.
At risk or in immediate crisis?
If you are at risk of hurting yourself or in immediate crisis I recommend you contact your GP for an emergency appointment or go down to your local A&E.
Otherwise I recommend calling The Samaritans on 08457 909090 or Saneline on 0845 767 8000.
For further information on mental health issues please go to the mental health charity Mind
Code of Ethics
As a Gestalt Psychotherapist I am registered with the UKCP, the UK Council for Psychotherapy and I am bound by their Code of Ethics.