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  • How I Can Help

    I offer the supportive space in which we can work together to think about the issues that may be adversely impacting on your life and why it is you are feeling as you do. With this increased understanding of yourself, comes the opportunity to make changes that can really help you to move life on.

  • What To Expect

    Your reason for seeking out therapy is unique to you, but in the end, what brings anyone to therapy is the sense that life feels difficult in some way.

     

    Some people come with a clear idea about what it is that is causing them difficulty. It may be that they are dealing with a life event such as the end of a relationship or the loss of a job, or perhaps they know that they are stuck in patterns of behaviour they feel powerless to change. For many others, the ‘reason’ for considering therapy is not so clear. They may be struggling with complex feelings that they find hard to articulate, or they just know that on some level they feel anxious or unhappy with how life is right now.

     

    Whatever the motivation, therapy is an opportunity to explore those difficulties in the context of a supportive, collaborative relationship.

     

    It is important to understand that a therapist’s job is not to cure you of anything or to solve your problems for you. That may sound unhelpful, but when you think that life, inescapably, involves having to navigate our way through day to day problems, as well as bigger issues, it is a poor therapist who offers you solutions. That route only leads to dependence on the therapist.

     

    A good therapist, instead, helps you to equip yourself better to navigate those current and future hurdles. Working at a pace that you dictate, the therapy room offers the space in which to reflect on why you think, feel and respond in life as you do. In this way, as your understanding of yourself grows, so does the opportunity to make different choices for your life, so as to better get your needs met. Good therapy helps you to develop your autonomy, and with it your resilience. With the help of the right professional, therapy can be an incredibly empowering and reparative process.

     

    To paraphrase Maya Angelou, “ When you know better, you do better”.

  • About Me

    I hold a Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and am a registered member of the BACP, which means that I adhere to the requisite ethical standards of that governing body.

     

    Before I entered the world of therapy, I had a couple of other lives, starting my working life as a lawyer, before moving onto a successful career in documentary television, which culminated in me working as a Commissioning Editor at Channel Four. The same curiosity about the human condition that underpinned my life in TV, is the same curiosity that led me to re-train in psychotherapy.

     

    I think that my own professional background puts me in a unique position to understand the pressures that people can experience when trying to deal with challenging personal issues while also holding their head above water in demanding work environments.

     

    My philosophical leaning and my learning is from the Humanistic school. What that means is that I believe in our capacity, as individuals, to improve our lot in life. We are not helpless to change things, even if we think the die has been cast. It’s an optimistic and empowering philosophy that can be utterly transformative.

     

    It may help you to know, in your search for a therapist, that in the end, whatever the skill set or experience of the therapist, all the evidence shows that the key to change lies in the therapeutic relationship. In other words, if you don’t feel comfortable with your therapist, if you have no rapport with them, if you don’t feel like they “get you”, then therapy is very unlikely to be effective, so it’s vitally important that you find the right person for you (even if it's not me!).

     

    This is not an exhaustive list, but these are some of the areas I work with:

    Relationship issues

    Depression

    Anxiety

    Work Stress & Burn Out

    Family conflict

    Child/adolescent issues

    LGBTQ issues

    Personal growth

    Self esteem

    Trauma

    Bereavement

  • FAQ

    If you cannot find the answer you are looking for here, please contact me and I will do my best to respond within 24 hours.

    Where are you based?

    I work with clients in person and online. For those who prefer to meet in person, I am located in Clerkenwell/Farringdon, and I offer various appointments across the week, daytime and evenings.

    How much do sessions cost?

    They vary, so please do contact me to discuss.

    How long do sessions last?

    Sessions last fifty minutes and are usually fixed for the same day and time each week. The timing of them is strict, so that if you are late to your session, I’m afraid that it will still need to end on time so as not to impact on the rest of my schedule. If you are running late for any reason, please try to text, call or email me to let me know.

    How long do we work together for?

    This is a difficult question to answer here. It very much depends on what you are hoping to get from therapy. In our first meeting we will discuss what your overall aims might be, and then agree an initial period for working together. It may be that as we progress, issues emerge that you wish to explore and we can then reassess the direction and duration of our work together.

    Cancellation policy

    Once we have agreed to work together, I will reserve your weekly slot for you.

    If you need to cancel one of our sessions please give me 48 hours notice. If you are unable let me know 48 hours in advance, I will need to charge for the session. Likewise, if I need to cancel a session I will also ensure that I give you 48 hours notice and you will obviously not be charged for the session. When possible I will try to offer you an alternative time.

     

    You will not be charged for appointments missed due to illness provided you give me at least 24 hours’ notice. In an instance where no or insufficient notice is given on your part, I reserve the right to charge 50% of the session fee.

    Holidays

    I will endeavour to give you no less than four weeks notice of any holidays I intend to take. I require two weeks notice of any holidays you intend to take.

    You do not pay for sessions missed due to taking your own holidays or breaks (up to

    6 weeks per year), providing you have given the requisite notice. Holidays of more

    than two weeks in duration are by negotiation if you would like your time slot

    reserved for you. Please inform me as soon as you know you will need to miss a

    session/sessions.

    Payment

    I require advance payment by bank transfer 48 hours in advance to secure the first session.

    After that, payment can be by cash on the day or else by bank transfer 48-hours in advance of a session (so that I can check it has been received before the session).

    Do you only offer therapy face to face?

    No. I understand that the demands of life might make it difficult to get to a session in person, particularly for those who live or travel abroad for work, so I am happy to offer web sessions. If that is your preference, just let me know.

    What can I expect from my first session?

    It is perfectly normal to be a little apprehensive, but the first session is really for us both to find out more about each other and to decide if the therapy I offer would be suitable for you and your needs. If you feel that it might be, we can agree on an initial period of work together and the remit and focus of that.

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  • Contact

    Tel: +44 7399 835388

    Email: tamara@thinktamara.com

     

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