Practicalities

Who Do I Work With?

My clients are individual adults and young people. I work with people from any national or ethnic origin, of any religion or none, whatever their sexuality and social class.

Appointment Times

My first appointment time is 8.00am and the latest is 7.00pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only. Evening appointments tend to be in more demand so it can be quicker and easier to arrange daytime sessions.

Please arrive on time — if you arrive early, I may not be able to answer the door! If you arrive late, part of your session time will be lost to you.

Fees for Therapy Sessions

My standard charge for a 55-60 minute therapy session is currently £50. Sometimes, depending on the sort of work we are doing, we may decide to work for longer sessions, in which case the fee is increased pro rata.

Sometimes I am able to offer a reduced fee, depending on your personal circumstances. If you would like to discuss this further, please enquire.

Payments

Payment may be made by cheque or by cash at the end of each session. Alternatively I can invoice you monthly and you can then pay by cheque, cash or by bank transfer.

Accessibility

My consulting room is on the ground floor with one step over the threshold into the entrance hall. In St Albans parking on the street is generally easy.

Initial Meeting

It can be hard to decide whether therapy is for you without dipping your toes in first. To find out more about therapy, or to see if you think we could form a solid and trusting relationship, I am happy to have an initial meeting with you without charge.

Therapy Sessions — How Long?

Typically I will meet you once each week for 55 - 60 minutes. Sometimes the first session may take a little longer as we clarify and assess what your needs and wishes are and get to know each other a little. Some therapeutic techniques may need more than 55 - 60 minutes; on these occasions we can arrange a longer session by mutual consent.

Therapy Sessions — How Many?

We can agree a fixed number of sessions in total and work towards that (for example 6 or 12 sessions), or we can keep the number of sessions open but occasionally review how we are moving along. The nature of your reasons for coming to therapy in the first place will of course influence the number of sessions I recommend.

Cancellations

Of course, if you cancel an appointment at short notice I am unable to fill that time. I therefore have a policy of charging the full fee unless I am given a previously agreed minimum notice of cancellation (except in exceptional circumstances).

Assessments and Reports

If you need a formal written assessment or any other form of written report (for example for lawyers, insurance companies, etc.) please contact me to discuss charges.

Referrals

Clients may come to me directly or they may be referred by a GP or other medical professional, an insurer, or by an employer.

Private Health Insurance

I am registered with a number of private health insurers. Please enquire if you wish to pay for therapy through your private health insurer.

Contact

Please call or email me on:
07966 221 790
christinemartin50@gmail.com