London City Psychotherapy Eleanor Rockell MSc MBACP

Frequently Asked Questions


How long does psychotherapy or counselling take?

When we meet for an initial session, we will have the opportunity to consider whether brief work or longer term therapy is appropriate. Short term work usually identifies problems and agrees a priority to focus on. Long term or open-ended work provides the support, continuity and space to make more deep seated changes and to overcome more deeply rooted problems.

Short term work could be six or twelve sessions or any other agreed number of meetings. The ending would therefore be clear at the outset.
In open-ended work, an ending is usually talked about some time in advance and allows sufficient time and opportunity to work it through. It would normally be agreed between the therapist and client and would take account of the client's readiness to make an ending.

What will happen at the first appointment?

The first assessment session is an opportunity for you to talk about what you hope to achieve for yourself by coming in to therapy and what the issues are as you see them. It will also be a chance for me to ask you questions about yourself in order to see if what I can offer is appropriate for your needs. If it seems right for us to work together there will be an opportunity for you to ask me any questions you may have about therapy or about me. If we decide to proceed, times and frequency of sessions and a basic contract will be agreed.

How often do I need to come to therapy?

For brief work we would meet once a week. For open ended therapy we would agree the frequency between us, usually it would be once a week, sometimes two or three times a week, it depends on what your needs are.

How much will it cost?

My fees are £45 for a fifty minute session for individuals. Concessions are available. Fees are payable monthly in arrears or can be paid in each session if wished. Payment is by cash, cheque or BACS.

Cancellation Policy

If you wish to cancel an appointment I require one weeks notice. If you do not attend, or cancel with less than this then you may be liable for the full cost of the missed session. I will, whenever possible, try to re-schedule appointments for an occasional unforeseen circumstance or illness.

This cancellation policy allows me to set the same time aside for you each week.

If I need to cancel a session I will always try to give you the most notice possible. I tell you in advance of holidays that I take.


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