Having started working with emotionally disturbed teenagers in the 1970’s, I later took a degree in Developmental Psychology at Sussex University, and then subsequently a post-graduate diploma which qualified me as a social worker. I worked for many years in different settings and services in social care, as a practitioner and later a manager, but generally focused on mental health.
In 1999 I started training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) at the Munro Centre at Guy’s Hospital in London, and I qualified as a CAT psychotherapist in 2004.
What has always appealed to me about the CAT model of therapy is that it provides a structured way of getting to the heart of what is troubling someone in a timely and effective way, without losing any of the warmth of a trusting, personal relationship. At the same time it is a flexible model that can bring in other techniques and perspectives as required, and it can be adapted for brief or longer-term contracts according to what is needed. So in my private practice I can respond to individual needs and requirements, but I work predominantly with the CAT approach.
Summary Terms of Agreement
Nature of contract: Time-limited, with the number of sessions agreed in advance.
Payment terms: By agreement, but preferably weekly by bank transfer or cash. Invoicing to BUPA etc also possible.
Cancellation policy: No charge for holidays or unavoidable absences agreed in advance (at least two weeks notice).
Missed session policy: Other non-agreed absences liable for payment.
Other: Particular requirements or circumstances can always be discussed and negotiated.