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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.

    PRIVACY STATEMENT

     

    This Privacy Statement explains how I, Tamara Abood, of thinktamara.com, use and protect any information that you may give me if and when we work together.

     

    I am committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected, and that any information you provide will only be used and stored in accordance with my Privacy Policy.

     

    I may change this Policy from time to time, and I suggest that you regularly check this page to ensure that you continue to be comfortable with the measures that I am taking to protect your privacy.

     

    Under the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 (GDPR), the lawful basis that I use for storing and processing your personal data is Contract. This is because I am providing you with a service and I require some information to be able to provide you with that service.

     

    How is your data stored?

    All of my records are kept on paper in a locked filing cabinet. I will keep your phone number and email stored on my business phone which is only accessed by me and is password-protected.

     

    Occasionally I might want to make an audio recording of your session for the purpose of monitoring my work, but this would only occur with your prior knowledge and permission. Again, this data would be securely stored on a password-protected laptop and destroyed after use.

     

    How long is your data stored for and how is it disposed of?

    Your session notes, contracts, contact sheet and privacy agreement will be kept for five years from the date of our last session. After this date, this paperwork will be shredded.

     

    Any communication between us by email or text will be deleted as soon as the messages are no longer relevant. For example, if you email me to rearrange an appointment I will delete that email as soon as the appointment has taken place. This applies whether you are someone making an initial enquiry about my service or an ongoing client.

     

    CONFIDENTIALITY

    To ensure open exploration of the concerns that have brought you to therapy, I maintain confidentiality in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework (2018) - see www.bacp.co.uk.

     

    There are, however, exceptions to the duty of confidentiality which you should be aware of.

     

    In which situations can your data be shared?

    There are occasions when I may share your information with other professionals. These are:

    • Your first name will be shared with my clinical supervisor.
    • If I receive a subpoena from a court of law compelling me to disclose information
    • If you disclose information that raises safeguarding concerns including serious risk of harm to yourself or others, or abuse or neglect of a child or vulnerable adult then I have a duty of care to disclose that information to the appropriate authorities.
    • If you disclose information to indicate that you are a substantial risk of suicide I will release that information to your GP. If the risk of this is immediate, I will contact the emergency services.
    • If you disclose anything to do with a proposed act of terrorism, or other illegal act such as drug-trafficking or money laundering I am legally required to inform the police, and it would be  a criminal offence for me to tell you that I have done so.
    • In the event of my death or incapacitation, your records will be released to one of my colleagues who will then make contact with you.

    If I do share information about you, I will always aim to discuss it with you first, unless the situation requires an immediate response. If I am required to release information before discussing it with you, I will inform you at the earliest opportunity, except in the case of information relating to criminal activities.

     

    I will never share your data for any reason other than the reasons stated above.

     

    Access to information

    Under the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 you can request access to the personal information that I hold about you. I will provide this except in the limited circumstances in which I am permitted not to. I will respond to any such request made by you within one month of the request being made.

    You may request amendments to the personal information I hold about you that is inaccurate or out-of-date. If you request that I delete your personal information, I will take all reasonable steps to do so unless I need to keep it for legal, auditing or internal business purposes.

     

    Contact

    Complaints, questions, comments and access requests are to be addressed to:

    Tamara Abood (Data Controller)

    tamara@thinktamara.com

    Data Protection Registration Reference: ZA287436

    If you are not happy with the way I use your data, you can also contact the Information Commissioner's Office at: www.ico.org.uk

     

     

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  • Contact

    Tel: +44 7399 835388

    Email: tamara@thinktamara.com

     

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