I am Karin Sieger, a psychotherapist based in Richmond (West London). I offer support locally and globally online. On this page you will find everything you need to know about the types of difficulties I can assist you with, my qualifications and fees and how to book a free initial consultation.
1. How can I help you?
Sometimes we all need help. It can be the smart thing to do and it can be life changing.
I am BACP accredited and registered and offer one off, short or medium term therapy in person in Richmond (West London) or anywhere in the UK or abroad online via Zoom.
I specialise in support for general anxiety, loss, grief, life transitions (crisis of purpose, mid life, career change etc), personal development, counselling for cancer and other life-changing illnesses. I also offer therapy in German.
2. I believe in what I do.
Therapy is about telling your story to someone who is independent and listens without judgment, in a calm and confidential setting. It can lighten your burden, help you understand your life, your options and get you back on track with a renewed sense of energy, direction and motivation.
I am passionate about the healing and life-changing power of counselling and therapy, which I have experienced first-hand and in my work with my clients.
3. About Me
I hold an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy, trained and worked in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) before setting up my private practice. I also write a lot, and you can browse my self help articles and podcasts via my website. I was born in Germany and have been living, studying and working in the UK since the mid 80s. Prior to retraining as a therapist, I spent some 25 years in consumer and media research (including BBC World Service, De Beers and AOL). More information here.
4. My Fees
I offer a free 20 minutes initial consultation online. My standard fee is £75. For those affected financially by the Coronavirus crisis I have introduced a sliding scale of fees starting at £50.
Payments are done online via bank transfer or PayPal.
5. Psychotherapy with me: What to expect and how does it work?
📍The first session
The first session gives you an opportunity to tell me, why you are considering therapy at this stage in your life, and to ask me any relevant questions. Based on that we can work out whether I am the right support and whether you would like to work with me.
📍How many sessions
The length of our work would depend on your goal for therapy. This would be discussed at our first session and reviewed as appropriate.
📍The session frequency
The frequency of sessions will depend on your needs and we would agree the best approach. Mostly sessions would be weekly. Because a lack of regularity and continuity undermines the effectiveness of therapy. For clients who undergo cancer or other medical treatment arrangements will be agreed as appropriate.
6. Practical Points
📍Terms and conditions
For therapy cancellations with at least 48 hours notice (2 working days) a fee of £20 to cover room rent and admin charges applies. For all cancellations with less than 48 hours (2 working days) notice the full session fee applies. However, within reason, I would always aim to offer you a suitable replacement slot, if available.
For clients undergoing cancer or other medical treatment we would agree a suitable arrangement for cancellations due to feeling unwell.
📍 How do online sessions work?
I have put together a brief guide for you here.
📍My Office Location
My therapy premises are based in central Richmond at Parkshot House (Regus), 5 Kew Road, Richmond TW9 2PR opposite Richmond Station with Starbucks next door, on the right-hand-side (Google Map here). The main entrance of the building is a revolving glass door which leads into the main foyer, with a comfortable waiting area. The building also offers disabled access. My practice is on the ground floor, in a confidential and quiet setting, with a welcoming, warm and informal atmosphere.
Richmond is easily accessible via the underground (District line), Overground Service from East or West London, 20 minutes by British Rail from Waterloo, or by bus from South West and West London, Hounslow or Surrey. A public car park is situated at the back of the station, and a large public NCP car park is located next to the station.
7. A brief overview of what integrative therapy means and how I practice.
I am what is called an integrative therapist. That means I have been trained in several approaches, which I ‘integrate’ and rely on depending on what is most helpful to my clients at any given time. I combine four main approaches:
I. The Humanistic approach, which encourages us to think about our feelings and to take responsibility for our thoughts and actions. The emphasis is on self-development and achieving our potential.
II. The Person-Centered Therapy is intended to help for us to become able to see ourselves as a person with power and freedom to change. Crucial to this are a range of conditions, which the practitioner brings to the work; core are accurate empathy, genuineness or congruence, warmth and unconditional positive regard for the client.
III. The Psychodynamic Therapy approach is derived from Freudian psychoanalysis, but it is not analysis. It acknowledges the importance of the unconscious and past experiences (eg with our parents or other significant people in our lives) in shaping our current behaviour. Here, insight is the tool by which what is unconscious is brought to consciousness, freeing us to make new choices.
IV. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) focuses on the link between our thinking and behaviour patterns, and how changes in our thinking can bring about changes in how we behave, and thus enhance our well being. Negative thoughts and ‘self-talk’ are challenged using various techniques and the introduction of different ways of thinking. CBT is applied mostly to short-term solution-focussed counselling.