Monica Max West
Counselling And Psychotherapy, Central London EC1 (Clerkenwell)
B.A. (Hons), M.A. (Dist) Psychotherapy, M.A. (Dist) Music Comp, Cert (Dist) Supervision
MBACP Senior Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist / MBACP Senior Accredited Supervisor
Central London
info "at" maxwest.co.uk

 
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Making A First Appointment For Psychotherapy/Counselling

If you are interested in finding out about counselling or psychotherapy, please email me on info@maxwest.co.uk and include your phone number. I will respond to your enquiry promptly and am happy to answer any initial brief questions you may have about therapy. If you then choose to book a first appointment, there is no commitment to further work at this point.

In order to book a first appointment, I ask that we first have a brief chat over the phone, so that you can say a little about what has led you to seek therapy at this point, and also to cover a couple of administrative issues. I will then send you a brochure with some more information about my services, including the practice address and a map of how to get here.

In a first appointment, you will have the opportunity to talk about yourself and what has brought you to counselling. I will also ask you some specific questions about yourself, such as information about your general health and well-being, and background information about you. This will help me to understand you in the context of your life. The purpose of this first session is for us to begin to get to know each other, and to assess whether we believe we can work together in a way that will be useful to you.

If you then wish to book further appointments, we will arrange an initial series of sessions (see Working Together)

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Working Together (Therapy)

I offer a range of appointment times for psychotherapy and counselling, including some late afternoon and early morning (before-work) sessions. I can offer time-limited and open-ended contracts according to need. All appointments, including the first meeting, last for 50 minutes. Ongoing appointments are at the same day and time each week.

After the first appointment, you will have time to reflect on whether or not you believe that counselling with me could be helpful to you. If we decide to work together, appointments are scheduled weekly, at the same day and time each week.

In the first instance, we can book an initial series of appointments (normally between 6 and 12 sessions). At the end of this period, we can review our work together, to see if the counselling is continuing to be helpful to you and also to consider any adjustments to how we work which could best meet your needs.

At the end of the initial series of appointments (or 'contract'), clients who decide to continue normally enter into ‘open-ended’ work, which means that your appointment time is open to you until such time as you feel ‘finished’ with your therapy. In ‘open-ended’ counselling, we meet on an ongoing basis, and may explore a number of different issues or themes. We will build in regular reviews to make sure that our counselling is meeting your needs.

(I can also offer ‘time-limited’ counselling – wherein we contract for a particular fixed length of time – if for any reason you are not able, or do not wish to, enter into an open-ended contract.)

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Fees For Psychotherapy/Counselling

In order to make my services accessible to as many people as possible, my fee structure is based on income. The cost of a 50-minute session of Counselling/Psychotherapy is £60-100 based on income. All fees paid by a third party (eg insurance or company sponsorship) will be billed at a minimum of £80. Payment is by cash or cheque at the time of the session; I regret that I have no credit card facilities.

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Appointments And Fees: Clinical Supervision For Psychotherapists And Counsellors

Clinical Supervision is normally offered during business hours and scheduled fortnightly for 50 minutes, or monthly for 80 minutes. Supervision costs £60-85 per 50-minute session (based on income). Longer sessions are calculated at the same rates. If you would like to book an initial meeting to explore whether supervision with me could be helpful to you, please get in touch by email info@maxwest.co.uk.

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Location And Access

My consulting room is located in EC1, and is very close to the Sadler's Wells Theatre and to Angel and King's Cross stations. It is easily accessible from both the West End and the City of London and is served by many bus routes. There are metered car parking spaces very close by. My practice is wheelchair accessible. click here for map location

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Contact
If you would like further information, please feel free to contact me:
info "at" maxwest.co.uk

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