It can be hard to know where to start. What to expect? Sometimes a brief phone chat can help answer some initial questions.
I will suggest we meet for an initial consulation. This is without obligation to continue. The 50-minute session gives us an opportunity to get to know each other and confidentially discuss what brings you to therapy, what you would like to get out of therapy, and how we might work together.
I will explain what therapy involves and ask questions about you. I shall further inform you about my working policy regarding payment, cancelled/missed sessions, holidays and time keeping. You will have the opportunity to clarify any questions or concerns you may have about the process of therapy and my approach.
If we both feel that therapy will be beneficial, we will proceed to agree our contract including regular meeting times and the fee. You may take as long as you need to decide whether you wish to work further with me. If I feel you would benefit more from working with someone else, I will let you know by the end of the initial consultation and recommend a colleague or agency if possible.
Sessions are 50 minutes long and usually take place weekly. You reserve a regular session day and time and it remains yours for as long as we work together. We shall endeavour to meet regluarly and not cancel sessions.
Cancellations, missed sessions
Missed or cancelled sessions will be charged at the full session fee. In exceptional circumstances if you can give at least 7 days’ notice, I shall do my best to reschedule to an alternative appointment during that same week at no extra cost. However, this cannot always be guaranteed and it may only be available on Skype or at one of my other practice locations.
Time-limited therapy or open-ended therapy
Time-limited work can give you a taste of how therapy works. It can also provide focus if you seek to adress a specific, episodic problem. Twelve sessions provide a good amount of time to develop some understanding of your situation.
Open ended work is wide-ranging. It offers the possibility of in-depth exploration of aspects to yourself that you mightn’t have thought about before. The length of therapy is unique to each client. It may vary between one to five years, or more. Sometimes work is ended and returned to for further exploration at a later point. Whatever the length of therapy, our agreement can be reviewed at any point.
Time-limited work has an agreed end. In open ended therapy you will likely notice a difference at some point how you were when you started and perhaps you feel ready to commence on your own. This might be the time to think about ending therapy, which usually takes place over a period of 3 to 6 weeks.
My fees per 50 minute session are between £80 and £100 depending on the time and place that we meet.
From time to time a low cost time slot becomes available. If you are in need of financial support please talk to me.
Veronika Kloucek, MBACP | phone: 07507055611 | email: veronikakloucek (at) gmail.com
English and German. Deutsch-sprachiger Therapeut. Integrative Therapy, Counselling, Psychotherapy, Mindfulness in West Hampstead NW6 and Wimbledon SW19. Anxiety, depression, abuse, trauma, torture, loss, separation, relationship difficulties, sexual difficulties, cultural and integration issues. Mindfulness-based therapy, short-term, longer-term, open-ended.