Martyn Watson Counselling and Psychotherapy for Finchley and North London

Fees and Frequently asked questions and answers

How do I get started?
After your initial contact (by either email or phone) we agree to meet for a first assessment session. This is an opportunity for you to tell me more about yourself and your current difficulties and to check if you feel comfortable with me. It is also a chance for me to check if I am able to offer the help that you need.

If at the end of this initial conversation we are both happy to proceed, we can arrange further sessions or you can take your time to think about things further. You are under no obligation to continue.

If I do not think that I have the relevant skills or experience to help you then I will talk with you about further options.

How long are the sessions?
Each session lasts for 50 minutes

How often will I need to attend?
I like to see people once a week. This is an important requirement for building the solid relationship usually needed to help people through most issues.

I currently charge £75 for a 50 minute session for individual therapy. For couple therapy I charge £100 per couple for a 60 minute session.

Do you charge for cancellations?
Yes. I ask you to give me a full 48 hours notice if you need to cancel a session.

I ask you to pay at the end of each session either by cheque, cash or BACS.

How many sessions will I need?
This is not easy to predict but essentially we will work for as long as is necessary for you to resolve the issues you came with. However this is mutually agreeable so we will review our work regularly to check that you are receiving the therapy that is right for you. Of course you are free to end our sessions at any stage.

Can I give you feedback?
Yes! Therapy is a collaborative process. There may be times when you want or need to give me feedback about the therapy or how I'm being with you. I welcome this.

What happens when I want to stop coming?
We will negotiate an ending period which, depending on the length of time you have been attending and your requirements, may be anything from 1 session to a few months.

What's the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
The term counselling is generally used to describe shorter term work around difficult events in someone's life. Psychotherapy is usually for a longer period, more in depth and more concerned with how a person experiences themselves and their relationships more deeply.

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