Sessions and fees
Information about sessions, fees and how to book
Therapy duration and frequency
Sessions usually last 50 minutes and take place on a weekly basis. There may be occasions when a longer session is required (e.g. 90-minute sessions during trauma-focused therapy); this is not compulsory, but it is recommended and will be discussed and agreed with you in advance.
I recommend weekly sessions to gain the most from therapy. However, there may be occasions when clients want to access sessions less frequently. While I can offer flexibility, there are instances where having sessions less than once weekly may not be recommended therapeutically. We will discuss this in advance and agree on a suitable package of therapy to best suit your needs.
Please click here to read my full therapy contract and terms and conditions. You will be asked to read and sign this document during or before our first session.
I offer a (free) 20-minute initial telephone consultation to all new clients to discuss your current needs before arranging an initial face-to-face session. Sessions are charged at the rates below:
(60 or 90 minutes)
£90 / £135
Please note that fees are subject to regular review. If you are accessing therapy through private health insurance, fees may vary depending on the insurer as they often set their own fees.
Preferred method of payment is by bank transfer payable to Dr Anna Chiara Sicilia, Chartered Clinical Psychologist. Payments by bank transfer must be received in advance of the session. I also accept cash and card payments, payable on the day of the session. Please note that this option is not available for online sessions, which are payable in advance by bank transfer. I do not accept cheques.
New clients - please note that in order to secure a booking for your first session, a 50% deposit will be required (£45 for a 50 minute session and £67.50 for a 90 minute session). The deposit is payable by bank transfer at the time of your booking. The deposit will be refunded if you cancel your session with at least 48 hours notice. For sessions cancelled with less than 48 hours notice, the deposit in non-refundable, in line with the cancellation policy outlined below. Sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours notice and missed session will be charged in full.
I reserve the right to cancel a session without notice and terminate our therapy contract, if payments are not received in line with the terms outlined above.
If you need to cancel or reschedule a session, please get in touch at least 48 hours before the session. Sessions cancelled with at least 48-hours notice will not be charged. Sessions cancelled/rescheduled with less than 48 hours notice will incur 50% of the fee of that session. Sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours notice and missed sessions will incur 100% of the fee of that session.
I will endeavour to give you as much advance notice as possible in terms of holidays or of any need to cancel a future appointment.
It is not possible for sessions to overrun due to my duty of care to other clients. Therefore, if you arrive to the session late, we will still finish at the agreed time. If you attend your sessions more than 20 minutes late, I may ask you to reschedule, as there wouldn’t be enough time to complete our therapeutic work. Late sessions will still incur the full fee.
If you have any questions, with regards to my Terms and Conditions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Private Health Insurance
I accept clients through Vitality Health Insurance, Aviva and AXA. Fees for psychological therapy may vary depending on the insurer as they often have their own rates.