MATTHEW HARWOOD

  Jungian Analyst & Psychotherapist   

 

ABOUT MY PRACTICE

Please scroll down the page to find answers to the following frequently asked questions:-   

1.    What are your fees?

2.    How long does therapy take?

3.    How frequently do I need to come?

4.    Does it matter if I only want to come for a few sessions?

5.    Can I come for an initial trial interview?

6.     What level of commitment is required?

7.    Do I have to bring dreams?

8.    Do you offer one-off consultations?

9.    Do you offer supervision?

10.  Do you integrate ways of working from other schools?

11.  Do you ever give telephone or SKYPE sessions? 

12.  What is your Code of Ethics?

 

1.  WHAT ARE YOUR FEES?

My current fee is £45 per hour.   Sessions normally last 60 minutes. 

The charge is the same, whether you are coming for individual therapy, supervision or a one-off consultation.   Trainees may apply for a 10% reduction. 

 

2.  HOW LONG DOES THERAPY TAKE? 

Short-term counselling usually identifies problems and sets you on your way.  Longer-term psychotherapy offers the support, continuity and skills necessary to enable deep-seated changes to grow and become more firmly established.  If, on the other hand, you want a full analysis, obviously this cannot be achieved in just a few months.   The question ‘How Long?’  is therefore different for each person, and depends on many different circumstances – it clearly emerges within the therapeutic relationship.  Please click here for the differences between counselling, psychotherapy & analysis.

  

3.  HOW FREQUENTLY DO I NEED TO COME?

The majority of my clients come weekly.  Some come twice-weekly.   I can advise as to frequency but you have to make the decision as to what you feel you need.  

 

4.  DOES IT MATTER IF I ONLY WANT TO COME FOR A FEW SESSIONS?   

No.  A few clients find that they can achieve all that they need to do in the first 4 sessions.   Others find they need a few months.   Some stay for about a year or so.  Those who want to do a deeper analysis stay for several years.  The decision is yours.

 

5.  CAN I COME FOR AN INITIAL TRIAL INTERVIEW?

Yes.   Most people do and I recommend it.  It gives you the chance of getting the ‘feel’ of what it is like being in therapy, and experiencing the quality of the ‘feeling-connection’ between us.   There is no obligation to continue with further sessions & the charge is the same as for an ordinary session: £42.   

 

6.  WHAT LEVEL OF COMMITMENT IS REQUIRED?

My policy is that sessions 1-4 are always regarded as being 'trial' sessions on both sides.  This gives us the chance to assess whether or not further work is indicated – and, if so, whether the ‘fit’ between us feels right.  During this trial period you may leave at any time without notice. 

After the trial period is over, the minimum notice for ending depends upon how long the therapy has lasted:-

                  Length of therapy                  Notice

                  Less than 3 months               1 session

                  3-12 months                           2 sessions

                  Over 12 months                     3 sessions

                                                                       

Although this is the agreed minimum, in some cases a longer ending may be advisable.   It is always important to allow enough time:-

  • to investigate whether the therapy is ending for the right reasons,
  • to work towards a proper ‘closure’ of the therapeutic relationship, and
  • to process what has has happened & to consolidate what has been achieved.

 

7.  DO I HAVE TO BRING DREAMS?

Not necessarily.   As a Jungian Analyst I am trained to work with dreams and I find that they provide invaluable information about what is going on in the unconscious.   There is no doubt that they can lead you more quickly into the underlying issues and accelerate the progress of the therapy.    However many of my clients don’t bring dreams  – and in such cases we work in other ways.  

 

Roughly speaking:-

  • about 1/3rd of my clients do not bring any dreams
  • about 1/3rd bring some dreams – but not to every session
  • about 1/3rd bring dreams to every session –  with them the dreams lead the way.

Please click here for further information about working with dreams.

 

 

 

8.  DO YOU OFFER ONE-OFF CONSULTATIONS?

Yes.  Individual consultations are available.  These might be to discuss a dream – or indeed anything else which may be important to you.   Please click here for more information.

 

9.  DO YOU OFFER SUPERVISION?

Yes.  You must be a qualified counsellor, psychotherapist or analyst – alternatively a trainee with an accredited training programme.   You must also have professional indemnity insurance.   The fee is the same as for individual psychotherapy.

 

10.   DO YOU INTEGRATE WAYS OF WORKING FROM OTHER SCHOOLS?

Yes.   Although my home is firmly based in the Classical Tradition of Jungian Psychology as taught by CG Jung & Marie-Louise von Franz, I am not afraid to  integrate ways of working from other schools which I find to be helpful provided that they are complementary to the basic Jungian approach.  Other ways of working which have influenced me include:   Psychodrama, Gestalt, Focusing, Mindfulness, Object Relations & Pesso-Boyden.  What I find is that some approaches help clients more than others;  my aim is always to feel what is most helpful for the individual client.  

 

10.  DO YOU EVER GIVE TELEPHONE OR SKYPE SESSIONS?

For some clients, telephone or SKYPE sessions are a possibility once you have been for a few sessions and I have got to know you.   However, one to one sessions are always preferable if at all possible.

  

11.  WHAT IS YOUR CODE OF ETHICS?

I maintain strict confidentiality and strong professional boundaries.  I adhere to IGAP’s Code of Ethics and copies of this, together with the Complaints Procedure, can be obtained from me upon request.  Alternatively you can write to the Secretary, IGAP, PO Box 22343, London, W13 8GP.    I am also a registered member of UKCP (United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy).

'Change occurs when one becomes what he is, not when he tries to become what he is not.  Change does not take place through a coercive attempt by the individual or by another man to change him, but it does take place if one takes the time and effort to be what he is - to be fully invested in his current position.'  (Arnold Beisser)

For a brief informal discussion, please ring 0117 932-9204 or email matthew.harwood@zen.co.uk