Helen Lea

 07708 943002





Frequently Asked Questions


For self-funded clients: £65 for 50 minutes (longer sessions charged pro rata)

Fees for organisations - NHS, insurance companies, solicitors, and medico-legal companies - are individually negotiated.

I am registered with BUPA and Aviva. (Many local businesses use these insurance companies - do check with your employer or your partner's employer whether you might be eligible to have your fees paid.)

Duration and frequency of sessions:

Sessions are usually 50 minutes.  If we are using CBT or EMDR it may be useful to have longer sessions for some parts of the therapy.  I will discuss this with you in advance.   I usually see people once a week at the same time.  Sometimes people cannot make a regular time and we arrange sessions as and when they are available.

How many sessions will I need?

I will talk to you at the first session about number of sessions.  If you want to come short-term then we can agree a specific number of sessions and a realistic goal to work on.  Some people prefer an open-ended arrangement where they can finish when they feel they have completed the work.  I always review on a regular basis what we are working on and how therapy is helping you.

What kind of problems do you deal with?

People seek help for many different reasons: some people come at a time of crisis in their lives, others for long-standing problems.  I am always happy to discuss your problem over the phone or by email.  For a list of common issues see the 'Help with' section.

How is a therapist different to talking with a friend?

Many people find it helpful to talk to a professionally-trained person outside their circle of friends and family.  A psychotherapist has no particular personal involvement, and also has knowledge and experience of dealing with psychological problems.  Psychotherapists may also be able to hear a distressing or difficult story, which may be hard for family or friends to listen to. 

What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

There is no hard line between the two and some counsellors and psychotherapists probably work in similar ways.  On the whole, psychotherapy training is longer (typically 4-5 years), is more in-depth and involves being in personal therapy.

How will I know which kind of psychotherapy or counselling is right for me?

Probably the most important thing to 'get right' in therapy is to find the therapist who is right for you - so in these terms it is a question of finding the 'person' rather than the 'therapy'.  However, it is important to have someone with the right kind of training and experience - particularly for some specialised areas such as trauma or OCD.  My wide range of clinical experience helps me to make a good assessment of the problem you are bringing and helps me to give you information about what kind of therapy may be helpful.  Whether I am the right 'person' for you will depend on your experience of me as a therapist and a human being.

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