Fees and Expectations

Therapy sessions last for 50 minutes and payment is made in advance of a session via BACS or PayPal or can be paid in cash at the beginning of each session by agreement. We will agree the best method during our first session.

I work from my private therapy room in New Mills, in the High Peak area of Derbyshire and usually see people from the surrounding areas between Stockport and Buxton.  There is free parking available.

Service Duration Fee
Introductory telephone contact 15 minutes FREE
First Session (incorporating initial assessment) 75 minutes £45.00
Individual Therapy Session 50 minutes £45.00
Couples Therapy Session 75 minutes £75.00
Life and Career Coaching 60 minutes £60.00
Ongoing coaching fees vary as we will usually enter into a fixed contract depending upon your requirements and specific goals.

Introductory telephone contact

This is a time when we can discuss expectations, and see if we can work together and to make sure that I am the right person for you. If for any reason I feel I am not the right person for you, I will discuss this with you and we can explore appropriate alternatives.

First Session (incorporating initial assessment)

This is the time when we will enter into an agreement together outlining confidentiality, cancellation, terms and conditions. The agreement helps us to set professional and ethical boundaries and we will discuss this together until we reach a mutual agreement that works for both of us. We will then explore the current issues and what changes you can realistically expect, and we will plan what your therapy will look like in terms the amount and frequency of sessions.

Method of Working

My preferred method of working is face-to-face. However, I do understand that this is not always practical and I can also offer telephone or internet-based counselling, psychotherapy or life coaching. This is not suitable for everyone and we will need to review this together before you decide if this will meet your needs

Skype is a free computer programme that allows people to talk face-to-face, in real time, via their computer screens. It takes minutes to download (from Skype.com). Skype is especially beneficial if you find it difficult to travel to face-to-face sessions, or you are housebound or have issues with childcare. It is also helpful for you if you are a face-to-face client away from home so that you don’t have to miss your session.

To commence a Skype agreement, please contact me via email: cath.townley@hotmail.co.uk to make sure I am able to work with whatever it is you are seeking help with.

We will then arrange a 15-minute introductory Skype session to explore your needs in more detail, and to check our Skype connection is good enough for sessions. If after this introductory session, we decide to proceed to work together, I will send you a copy of the Skype Agreement along with a brief questionnaire to complete and return via email. Once returned we can arrange our first session.

Cancellation Fee

Please note that 48 hours’ notice is required to cancel a session, otherwise you will be charged your usual session fee. This may seem harsh at first, however it is to enable me to offer your time slot to another client. Experience shows this is not usually possible with less than 48 hours’ notice.