How much do therapy sessions cost?
This is usually discussed over an initial telephone contact. I charge on a sliding scale depending on the format of the session (individual, couple, family) and the location (Bloomsbury Street and Islington in London and Kolonaki in Athens).
Do you offer low fee sessions?
I offer lower fee sessions to young people up to the age of 20 who are studying and are self-funded. These sessions are usually offered during the daytime.
How long does each session last?
I work on 50 minutes sessions for individual therapy and 60 minutes for couple and family therapy. Longer sessions for couples and families can be arranged upon request.
What is your cancellation policy?
I operate a 72-hours cancellation policy. If you cancel your appointment up to 72 hours before the agreed time of the session you won’t be charged and any payment received will be refunded. In any other case the full amount agreed will have to be paid. This is to cover for room booking fees and costs incurred for reserving the therapy slot.
How long do I need to see you for?
This mainly depends on the presenting challenges, as well as other factors, such as your commitment to therapy, motivation and finances. I am usually flexible in my approach to the frequency of the appointments and I would discuss it with you during the initial consultation. I do not believe in ‘therapy for life’ but rather in ‘some therapy so people can live more fulfilled lives’.
I see people for both short-term and long-term work. However, I might make clear recommendations about a more structured therapeutic / treatment plan, in cases of higher risk, such as active eating disorders or other mental and emotional difficulties that might pose risk to self or others.
Are therapy sessions confidential?
I am committed to provide you with a safe and confidential space and all sessions are confidential. I would only share non-identifiable information from time to time with my clinical supervisor (in London and Athens respectively) in order to ensure I operate ethically and according to theoretical frameworks. I would only be required to breach confidentiality if I am particularly concerned about your own or someone else’s safety. In such cases, I would of course try to discuss it first with you before I act on any of my concerns. This will be discussed again during our first consultation.
Do you prescribe medication?
No, I am not a medical doctor and I don’t prescribe medication. Whilst I only offer talking therapy, I work closely with both child and adolescent, as well as adult psychiatrists in London and Athens. If there is a need, we can discuss together a potential referral to a medical doctor and can assist you in the process upon request at no extra cost.
Do you deal with emergencies?
No, unfortunately I can’t offer immediate emergency interventions due to my work schedule. If there is an emergency (you feel at risk or concerned about your own or someone else’s immediate mental health) I would usually advise the following:
UK – you can call or take yourself to the nearest Accident & Emergency department of a Hospital or call your GP during opening hours.
Greece – please take yourself to the nearest Hospital.