FAQ

Are you successful in helping people?
Yes – Please take the time to look through my evidence and testimonial page(s) where you will find positive reviews of my work and how I have managed to help people.
Where are you based?
I am based in Woodford Green on the Essex/East London border. However I treat people from across the UK and worldwide using online counselling so please do not be put off if you are not within easy reach of London.
How many sessions will I need?
On average 3-4 sessions but sometimes only one session is needed while a few find that more than six are worthwhile. You only ever book one session in advance which means you will only have the number of sessions you need.
How soon can you see me?
I can usually book in your first consultation within a week of your first phone call or email.
How long is each session?
Each session will usually last for around an hour, however I do not clock watch. Sessions will be longer if needed.
How much does each session cost?
The basic session fee is £80, but I will happily agree concessions for those on limited means to a rate that we both find comfortable.
What if I find from the first session that I am not confident that you can help me?
The first session will only be charged if you found that it helped and/or you decide to continue with me.
I can’t get to East London, so do you work by Skype?
Yes I do. Please take a look at my online counselling page to get an idea of how Skype sessions work.
What evidence do you have that Human Givens is as good as you imply?
In 2011 The British Psychological Society’s leading peer-reviewed journal, Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice published a 12-month evaluation of the Human Givens approach in primary care at a general medical practice. The result showed that more than three out of four patients were either symptom-free or reliably changed as a result of HG therapy*. This was accomplished in an average of only 3.6 sessions, significantly better than the recovery rate published for the UK government’s flagship IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) programme, which uses therapists trained in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
How does Human Givens compare with most other commonly available psychological therapies?

Human Givens is faster and more reliable than Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – mainly because CBT is based on the false belief that unhelpful thoughts can be challenged successfully when the underlying emotion remains strong and out of control

Human Givens therapists are generally more ambitious and confident than those trained in Standard Counselling, who typically content themselves to just listen carefully and who are bound by restrictive and on the face of it arbitrary requirements from their accreditation bodies. Standard counsellors training will, as we understand it, not cover the latest scientific understandings regarding the causes of mental illness (as Human Givens does) and will not be comfortable using trance and will shy away from it and indeed barely understand it

Finally, Human Givens is very different in ambition and scope from Analytical therapy, such as Freudian psychoanalytic. There, the focus is on long-term (and therefore expensive) work, the objective of which is to uncover the so called deep causes of behaviour and distress. Long-term therapy has been proved to be damaging for depressed people as it encourages unhelpful rumination and their typical criticism that HG is by contrast merely sticking plaster (rather than fundamental) is unfounded and disproved.

Psychiatry has a very different perspective, believing in the medical model of mental illness even though there is no reliable evidence in its support (and this is after 100 years of trying). Of course psychiatrists will often be working in the NHS with very damaged people and so their reliance on unproven and often dangerous medication is understandable – albeit deeply concerning.

Concerning Hypnotherapy, there are many therapists practising and many schools of training – and many of these will be doing good work as trance is a vital tool to effect change. But in our experience, their training and approach will lack the holistic understandings and insights that inform the work of Human Givens practitioners.

What to do next?

Contact me to find out how I can help you or arrange an appointment. My contact details are in the grey footer below and on the Contact page.


I will only charge for our first session if you found it of value and/or want to continue our treatment together.

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