Brighton and Hove Psychotherapy

Frequently Asked Questions


For self-funded clients: £95 for 50 minutes.  Longer sessions are charged pro rata.  

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

For supervision: £95 for 60 minutes.

Duration and frequency of sessions:

Sessions are usually weekly for 50 minutes, with EMDR processing sessions often longer (60-75 minutes).  Sometimes it is helpful to come for 'intensive' sessions, particularly for EMDR.  This could be longer sessions over a time-limited period.  

Some people cannot manage regular sessions due to other commitments, and I can sometimes offer flexible times.  

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. 

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.

Contact me for information on 07708 943 002 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Helen Lea Brighton Psychotherapist