Who can benefit?

Everyone. Your sexual orientation or marital status is irrelevant - relationship problems transcend such considerations. Sometimes those in a relationship - whether straight, gay or from an ethnic community -  have no idea how to communicate effectively. Starting a process of counselling can often be of help; showing people how to listen is a big part of it. Therapy is both a practical and creative process and potentially, a transformative one.

How do I go about making an appointment?

Call 07770 381 447 or email kall@thepump.co.uk for an initial appointment. Besides Central London or Marlborough, sessions can also be arranged via Skype or FaceTime.

What happens at the first session?

This first consultation will be a chance to hear about your difficulties and explain how therapy works. It is also an opportunity to see whether we're a good “fit” - not only will you be able to establish your comfort level, but you will also get to know me and my therapeutic style. It is equally important for you to be understood, as it is for me to be able to work with you.

How long do we have to attend relationship counselling sessions?

This is difficult to answer, as there is no minimum or maximum duration for therapy. It requires commitment of time and focus. 

Is the therapy weekly and how long is each session?

Yes, it is weekly. Once we've agreed on a day and time, we meet for an hour each week.

Do we get homework?

No, counsellors do not give homework. However, therapy can provide insight that is hard to find from family or friends.

My partner isn't keen on counselling. Can I come on my own?

Of course. However, as the work is all about relationships, whenever possible, it's best for both partners to attend. You may also find that your partner changes his or her mind once you've decided to commit to regular counselling. There are also those who need to mourn a loss in the aftermath of a broken or failed relationship in order to renew their confidence. Naturally, they attend counselling on their own.