Tracey GardinerCounselling and Psychotherapy in Islington

Frequently Asked Questions

Beginning therapy – first steps
Contact me by email or text to arrange an initial session online (Zoom). The initial session is about getting to know each other, exploring what brings you to therapy, your hopes for therapy and how we might work together. It is important that there is a 'fit' between therapist and client.

How long and often are sessions?

  • Counselling and psychotherapy: sessions are 50 minutes weekly, at an agreed regular time. I offer short term work over 6-12 weeks or longer term work based on your needs and goals. We will start with a block of six sessions after which we will review our work together and agree on the next steps or phase.
  • Coaching: sessions are flexible based on your goals. Sessions are typically 60 minutes, twice a month for a period of 3 – 6 months.

    What will happen in sessions / How will we work together?
    Based on your hopes or goals for therapy and your preferences we may work on a focused and specific goal/s or a more open exploratory inquiry of a theme or issue.

    Ending therapy
    You will know when it is right for you to end therapy. Endings are important. Ideally, we will discuss, plan and work towards your therapy ending together. If you decide to end therapy before a planned ending it is beneficial to have a final ending session.

    Reviewing progress
    We will regularly review our work together and reflect on your goals and direction for therapy.

    Are sessions online or face to face?
    I work face to face in North London, walking in parks and green spaces, and online via Zoom or WhatsApp.

    Working online
    To work online you will need a stable internet connection and a private space where you can talk comfortably and uninterrupted by other people or pets. Using headphones can improve the sound quality and provides more privacy.

    Fees and payment
  • Rates are £65 per session/hour, concessions available for low income clients.
  • Payment is made by debit/credit card immediately after each appointment.
  • I review my fees annually in January.

    Rescheduling & Cancellation Policy
    I operate a one week rescheduling and cancellation policy, which means that I will not charge a fee if you give notice of one week or more. If you cancel with less than one week’s notice, I charge the full fee.

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