I'm in suite 701 of The Larmont building at 2-14 Kings Cross Road in Potts Point. The Larmont is tucked just one minute's walk behind Kings Cross's iconic Coca Cola sign, just three minutes' walk from Kings Cross railway station. Suite 701 is on Level 7.
If you arrive a little early for your appointment, please take a seat in the foyer on the ground level until your appointment time, as I may be with another client. Depending on the time of day, Frankie's Beans may be open directly opposite for a takeaway coffee, and The Larmont has toilet facilities on Level 1.
There is on-street parking in the surrounding streets and a paid parking station at 33 Bayswater Road, Potts Point (a three minute walk away). Please see the parking information and map at the bottom of this page.
Payment is by cash or credit card. Direct bank transfer can also be arranged.
When you look at the Greek origins of the words, psyche and therapy, the word psychotherapy could be translated as soul healing. I particularly like that this meaning goes beyond purely the concept of mind, which we typically associate with words which have psyche as their root. For me, psychotherapy should be about the whole person. My own sense of the distinction between psychotherapy and counselling is that with the former, the work is about the whole person and their relationship to themselves, others and their world. This embraces a rich exploration which can allow for deep, gradual and significant change and growth. Counselling on the other hand suggests to me that there is a particular issue or problem that the client wants to work on, and they may want the therapy to be completely shaped by that goal. I often find that a client's preferences change as our work progresses. There's no need for you to decide on which approach works better for you before seeing me - we can explore that together at our initial sessions... and perhaps be surprised by how it develops or changes in future sessions!
Because of its nature, psychotherapy is both powerful and subtle, and significant changes tend be achieved gradually over a period of time. How long you want your psychotherapy to last will depend on what you want to achieve. Some may be satisfied with a few weeks, while others may engage with psychotherapy for many years or even their whole lives. Because psychotherapy - unlike my take on counselling as explained above - is about nourishing one's being and experience, many clients see it as a 'gym for the mind, soul and spirit'. Importantly, there's no commitment - to me as a therapist, in any case - to stay in therapy for any period of time. A session is 50 minutes long, and you may want to explore the experience in a single session and choose not to return. While I can almost guarantee you will experience very little change or growth in one session, you will get a sense of me and how I work, and whether I represent a good 'fit' for you. Finding that fit is very important. Ideally, psychotherapy should be some of the most valuable and precious work you ever do, and finding the right person to do it with is essential.
Good question! In actual fact, each client session takes around an hour, but I take five minutes before and after your session to review notes from our prior sessions and write up notes for that day's session. The ten-minute gap between sessions also allows more privacy for clients, so they are not crossing each other as one leaves and another arrives.