Unfortunately I am unable to perform home visits at the moment due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. I will be offering this service once again as soon as it is safe to do so.
In the meantime, I am able to do appointments via Zoom/Skype or telephone. It may also be possible to do face to face work if we are outdoors and wearing masks, but this can be discussed if/when relevant.
Therapy is usually experienced in person in the therapy room. The therapy room is a safe, confidential space away from home and the stresses and chores of everyday life. Creating that separation helps enable a sense of perspective and reflection free from distractions.
However, for some people, attending in person may be difficult, or even impossible, due to reasons such as lack of transport, disability, long term health conditions, agoraphobia, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) etc...
Rather than this being a barrier that may stop you from starting therapy I offer home visits, so we can do therapy in your own home.
For some people, meeting where you feel comfortable is a fantastic way for you to begin your therapy journey and can help us to gain valuable insight into your problems in the context of your own home. It also opens up alternatives for treatment that can be done in your every day environment that might not have been possible in a therapy room.
If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, then all you need to do is make sure you have a safe and confidential room where we can meet and not be disturbed for the duration of the session. And maybe a cup of tea too.
Due to the extra time and fuel costs of home visits I charge an extra £10 per session for a home visit.
I've done dozens of home visits in my 10 years as a CBT therapist. Most of them have been 1 to 1 with the client, but some have felt more comfortable having a chaperone present too. I'm happy for a friend or relative to sit in with us during the first session if it helps you to feel more comfortable (this goes for pets too!).
If you prefer to have someone sit in with us during our first session then please be sure you feel comfortable to talk about your current problems in detail with them present. If you aren't then ask them to wait in another room until we're finished. Similarly, you are welcome to have a chaperone present at each session but I would request they aren't in the same room when we're doing therapy due to the confidential nature of the work and the possibility of distraction.