SIMON HARPER MSc CBP (Distinction) PG Dip BA (Hons) BABCP Accredited


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I contact you between sessions? Is there any additional charge?

Sometimes, especially after an EMDR session, you may wish to contact me to discuss an aspect of the session. Generally I do not charge for emails or occasional phone calls but it does depend on the frequency. I generally check emails daily and my phone number 01242 603966 is a private line in which you can be sure of leaving a confidential message.

Do you have a cancellation policy?

Yes, as I have ongoing costs and a late cancellation does not enable the session to be re-booked. Cancellations with more than 48 hours notice do not incur a cancellation fee. If an appointment is cancelled with between 24 and 48 hours notice then 50% is payable. An appointment cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will incur the full fee.

Do you treat children?

At the moment I treat adults only, starting at 18 years of age.

How long are the sessions?

Sessions are 50 minutes. 

How long does therapy last for?

This is a difficult question to answer but generally 6 - 18 sessions is enough for most problems. Sometimes it can be quicker and, equally, therapy can last a year or more, especially if you have had a traumatic childhood.

How much does it cost?

Currently fees are £80 per session. If you have insurance there is a higher cost due to increased administration costs and delayed payment. Payment by an individual (cash or cheque) is made at the end of each session. Invoices will be sent to Insurance companies or other sponsors so please do bring the relevant details to the first appointment.

I have heard CBT only focuses on the here and now? Is this true?

CBT traditionally is a brief, time limited therapy with a focus on the here and now. However, more often than not, I spend time looking at the past and childhood experiences to try and make sense of what is happening now. Usually there is a link between what is happening now and what happened then. This view is supported by the latest neuroscience research.

I have heard having therapy is not a requirement of CBT training?

It is true that personal therapy is not mandatory whilst training for CBT. I believe though that it is helpful to experience the process and to work on any personal issues. With this in mind I still have EMDR/CBT personal therapy. In the late 1990's I also had 6 years of Psychoanalytic Therapy which taught me a great deal about the therapeutic relationship.

Is it confidential?

The information you give me is treated confidentially and your notes will be stored in a safe place. There are rare circumstances where confidentiality may be broken, i.e. if there is a risk of harm to yourself, a child or others. There are also rare cases that a court may subpoena notes.

What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

Generally speaking counselling is a brief treatment that is particularly focused on helping people identify problems, and encourages them to take positive steps to resolve these issues. Psychotherapy is usually longer term with more focus on gaining insight into chronic emotional problems. Psychotherapy requires more skill than counselling and the training is usually longer. A psychotherapist is qualified to offer counselling, whereas a counsellor may or may not have the necessary skills to provide psychotherapy.

Will you be trying to change my thinking?

Generally we will examine your thinking in order to access emotion. We will also spend time looking at your relationship to your thoughts, in order to discover the possibility that 'thoughts are not facts'. We will also spend time examining your behaviours and feelings, and to look at what is maintaining the problem.


"When I first came to you I was suffering severe depression for the second time in 2 years. In 12 weeks you have changed around my life around completely and I now feel so much better in myself and have a much more positive outlook on life. I didn't think I would ever feel this good again. The treatment was very difficult to deal with at times but it was well worthwhile as I now feel a heavy burden has been removed. Once again many thanks for helping me find the real person that I am." - Brian