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Fee Schedule: 

 

TRAUMA (PTSD) - Singular Patients:  

  • £250.00 per '50' minute hour in our Lifescript Clinic - Harley Street. LONDON W.1. Convergence Counselling Services London - Convergence College. 
  • £ 90.00 per 50' minute hour at NEWSTART in Milton Keynes, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE. Convergence Counselling Services London - Convergence College of Psychotherapy.
  • Professional Assessment Reports typed for Organisations/Courts- set at £90 per hour. 
  • Organisational Groups - Trauma Conference or Seminars - By arrangement only. 
  • All areas covered by our Convergence Counselling Services London - agency work. 
COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY Patients: 

SINGLES:
  • £190.00 per '50' minute hour in our Lifescript Clinic -  Harley Street. LONDON. W.1.
  • £ 75.00 per '50' minute hour at NEWSTART in Milton Keynes, BUCKS.
  • In Milton Keynes only this is also 'Means' tested and the lowest rate will be £30.00.
  • All areas covered by our Convergence Counselling Services London - agency work. 

COUPLES:

  • £250.00 per '50' minute hour in our Lifescript Clinic - Harley Street. LONDON W.1.
  • £120.00 per '50' minute hour at NEWSTART in Milton Keynes. BUCKS.
  • In Milton Keynes only this is also 'Means' tested and the lowest rate will be £30.00.
  • All areas covered by our Convergence Counselling Services London - agency work. 
FAMILY & GROUP WORK:

  • £250.00 per 50 minute hour in our Lifescript Clinic - Harley Street. London W.1.
  • £90.00 per '50' minute hour at NEWSTART in Milton Keynes. BUCKS,  only.
  • In Milton Keynes only this is also 'Means' tested and the lowest rate will be £30.00
  • All areas covered by our Convergence Counselling Services London - agency work. 

HYPNOTHERAPY Patients:
  • £250.00 per '50' minute hour in our Lifescrit Clinic - Harley Street. LONDON. W.1.
  • £120.00 per '50' minute hour at NEWSTART in Milton Keynes. BUCKS.
  • In Milton Keynes only this is also 'Means' tested and the lowest rate will be £30.00
  • Hypnotherapy Sessions may be necessary to take up to two hours pro-rata work.
  • All areas covered by our Convergence Counselling Services London - agency work. 


CHEAPER OPTIONS FOR COUNSELLLING ONLY:

NEWSTART in Milton Keynes:-

We offer a Free Drop-In, for Crisis Listening & 

Cheaper than normal services at our, Fee paying, Regular Counselling Services.   Here we offer cheaper options, through our Qualified Basic Counsellors from £15 - £25.00 

Also Qualified Advanced or Psychotherapeutic Counsellors at £20 - £40.00, 

Also Student Counsellors - NEWSTART Drop-In Service in Central Milton Keynes only. available. This is by simple donation only, usually at a cost agreed of £5-£10.00.

All of our Counsellors and Therapists are insured for public liability - professional cover.  
The prices quoted are for a 50 minute hour unless otherwise stated.

Why We Use a Sliding Fee Scale 

But our agency counsellors/psychotherapists may not.

 

In England, although people have access to public / NHS counselling services, most such services have long waiting lists, limited flexibility in terms of service delivery and the client cannot choose their counsellor. 

They also usually need to go through an IAPT, or their GP which then often leads on to psychiatrists / clinical psychologists / CPN's / Care workers various / AMHT / MHT / MHHT / ASTI / A&E Mental Health Dept’s and/or, almost any other acronym of a team name you can think of. 

Patients are usually coerced into a 'care' plan often created by NHS professionals who see them as statistics and evidence of movement through an uncaring system and then told there is nobody in a position locally to give them any specialist therapy (typical example - Trauma-PTSD) required. 

While some workers have access to their company’s employee assistance program (EAP), again there is limited flexibility, as well as, a set number of sessions available and you typically cannot choose the actual counsellor. 

Given the above, many people turn to private counsellors / therapists at relatively low rates, or psychotherapists at higher rates (you will get the expertise you are prepared to pay for) – people who are entirely self-employed or work for organisation's needing to cover their expenses and who offer counseling services for a fee paid by the client directly. Here the client can choose their actual counselor and while persons in private practice can generally offer more flexible services and are more readily available, there is the question of cost.

Depending on the counsellor/psychotherapist's experience, training and office expenses (Harley St. London, is expensive) private counselling services can range anywhere from £20.00/hr to £35.00 in Milton Keynes, England and psychotherapy from £50 - to several hundreds of pounds per hour, in Harley Street, for example.  

I am currently a full time Lecturer in Counselling & Psychotherapy at Convergence College of Psychotherapy. I also work as Clinical Lead and Supervisor for NEWSTART Drop-In & Counselling Services. I am also available to work with clients in Harley Street., London., W1. And have recently worked with clients for Large Multi-National Companies, such as the London ITV Jeremy Kyle Show, and agencies for Royal Mail and HM Prison Service at Woodhill, to name but a few corporate organisations. 

Although some semi-public services offer counselling on a fee-for-service basis and use a sliding fee schedule, one seldom sees a counsellor/psychotherapist in private practice using a sliding fee schedule.

I do and here’s why.

People experience a vast range in income. Most people seeking counseling can’t wait for service for fear of the problem getting worse. People would like to choose their actual service provider typically on the basis of competence, experience and reputation. Reputable and accessible private counseling for many is not affordable regardless of how necessary it may be.

By offering a sliding fee scale I can offset the cost of those who cannot afford to pay my average rate by those who can afford to pay my higher rate. In this way, I can be responsive to a wider range of people given their different income levels. I do have a bottom line below which I cannot offer service and I do have an upper limit consistent with my training as a psychotherapist and years of experience and expertise. I do not negotiate my fee beyond my sliding fee scale and my fee scale is publicly available on our websites for every service we provide. No guessing.

I have had few people at both the upper and lower points of my fee scale complain about the fee. High income earners have asked to negotiate my fee and I have turned away their business. They can afford to see me if they want to. I have had low income earners also ask to negotiate my fee and there too I have had to turn people away. I don’t feel badly about the former but do feel badly about the latter. Unfortunately, I too have to earn a living from my profession and any organisation who employs a psychotraumatist ( psychotherapist specilising in Traumatology) will need to pay for this experience. This is my livelihood.

On rare occasions I am asked if I will alter my fee for special circumstances. I tend not to do so any more. I cannot contemplate all the special circumstances and in fairness to me and other clients, to begin altering in one case and perhaps not another can open me/us up to a concern for unfair billing practices. As such, my fee schedule remains as noted.

Typically though, I am only 'thanked' for my sliding fee scale by folks across all incomes.

In the end value is not really found in the fee. Value is found in the service and while no one is ever helpful to everyone, I am typically highly regarded for what I do. Testimonials show my work to be of the highest calibre and resulting outcomes.

I do wish more counsellors and psychotherapists would use a sliding fee scale. We enter this profession seeking to be helpful, recognising we need to earn a living. I try to achieve both as responsibly as I can. It cost me around £50,000 to train as a qualified psychotherapist and I am a life long learner which also means further continuing professional development training. The sliding fee scale helps our charitable organisation's give greater service. That’s why we use it with all our services.

Need help with any trauma, single person issues, or a neurosis of any kind, also for work, family, relationship, parenting or other matter? 

I also offer options for other services for those who cannot afford my fees. 

You can read the description of each service and you can view the fee scale. Just please don’t ask us to negotiate it further. I hope that makes sense.

It would be my pleasure to be of service.

Know someone who might benefit from this information? 

Please kindly share this information to help someone else.  Thank you. 

Kindest regards.

~ George 

 

Dr George A. Booty. DD (Hon), Senior Accredited Psychotherapist Member CPFI. Registered Member BACP. Dip Adv Psychotherapist, Dip Adv Supervision Psychotherapy, Dip Psychotherapist, Dip Sup Psyche, (Dips & Certs). International Governor of Peace, recognised by the UN. 

 

 

Clinical lead at NEWSTART Counselling

Director of Convergence College of Psychotherapy.

 

Telephones:  

01908 234643  - Voicemail only. 

07799 847720. - Best contact - by text. 

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