Gurvinder Dhesi Counsellor East Barnet, London N20

Frequently Asked Questions:


Q. How long are sessions?

A. Generally I offer individual therapy session 50 minute weekly sessions, twice weekly, or biweekly. It may also be possible to arrange more frequent sessions on an occasional or ongoing basis. I offer individual and couples session face-to-face and also via Zoom invite. Due to COVID-19 I am currently providing online sessions.


Q. What is the frequency of sessions?

A. It is recommended to meet once weekly at the same time and same place each week for your sessions to be effective, however additional sessions can be arranged in times of crisis.


Q. Fees?

A. Individual counselling and psychotherapy sessions cost £65 per session and couples sessions cost £130 per session. Group therapy costs £55 per person per session. I also offer concessional fees based on circumstances. Fees are payable by card/ direct debit bank transferred before each session and are non-refundable. Fees are reviewed each year and I will inform you well in advance of changes. I charge for missed or cancelled sessions outside of the agreed 48 hours' notice period unless an alternative time during that calendar week is agreed.


Q. What kind of problems can individual counselling, psychotherapy, and group therapy help me with?

A: Individual & Couples Counselling, psychotherapy, and group therapy can help with a wide range of concerns including:

• Abuse
• Addiction
• Anger
• Anxiety and stress
• Bereavement and loss
• Depression
• Eating disorders
• Health issues
• Major life changes
• Phobias and fears
• Redundancy and work issues
• Relationship difficulties
• Trauma
• Violence


Q. How long does individual and couples counselling, psychotherapy, and group therapy last?

A. I provide short-term therapy using the Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), which aims at treating patients with psychoneurosis (environmentally acquired mental illness). Both treatments focus on unconscious mental processes (perceptions, past events, feelings about events, and distorted beliefs) as the cause of neurotic disorders. ISTDP, experience of core emotion from the past is seen as the transformative vehicle and the therapist relies on non-interpretive techniques: encouragement to feel; challenge to take responsibility to change; and confrontation of resistance to change. Suitability will be determined at a trial therapy session.

I also provide open-ended sessions with individuals, couples, and therapeutic based group therapy; this is dependent on the presenting needs of the clients and the applied therapeutic approach used. I work with individuals, couples, and groups at their own pace with emphasis clients taking charge of their own treatment. In open-ended work this allows you to have the time and space to gradually develop insight into the root cause of your concerns. Therapy continues as long as you want, which can range from months to years. Alternatively short term individual, couples, group counselling or brief psychotherapy is a good step for people who do not want to make a long commitment but have a particular issue to work with such as a relationship difficulty. It is often used by people who have had counselling or psychotherapy in the past and want to return to a particular issue. For more information regarding group therapy please click here to go back to Group Therapy page.


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