The First Session and Beyond

Assana consultation roomThe first session gives us a chance to meet each other and for you to get a feel for psychotherapy and whether it feels right for you. It we also give you a change to talk about what is difficult for you at the moment and how you would like your life to be.

I also imagine you will be assessing me to get a sense of if I am the right person to help you. While you are doing this I will be exploring your situation, how it is affecting you and thinking about what may need.

If you feel comfortable with this process then we can contract for a further 4 sessions to give us the chance to focus on your issues and give the process of change a chance to take effect. If after 4 sessions you want to continue then we can contract for a more open-ended approach where you continue to attend while you feel psychotherapy is of benefit for you.



I work from Assana Health Centre on Old London Road in Kingston Upon Thames. The centre is 5 minutes walk from Kingston Upon Thames train station and directly opposite Cattle Market Bus Station. There is 2 hours free parking at Asda on London Road and other parking on Albert Road (by No. 88 Bar and Grill), Fairfield Road (near The Albion), Birkenhead Avenue and the Cattle Market Car Park (near Kingfisher Leisure Centre), all within 5 minutes walk of the centre.

CURRENT NEWS: I offer a 50% reduction for the initial consultation.

The initial consultation will last 50 minutes and will give you a chance to meet with me so you can get a sense of what psychotherapy with me will be like. The price for this is £35.

To make an appointment call on 07941 488851


Psychotherapy can help us:

  • Take control of our life
  • REDUCE CONFLICT: internal
    and interpersonal
  • Overcome our struggles
  • Deal with DEPRESSION
  • Find meaning and purpose in life
  • Overcome difficult feelings: anxiety, ANGER, grief, fear
  • Deal with stress
  • Cope with psychiatric illness
  • Increase the quality of our relationships
  • Deal with panic attacks
  • Get out of our stuck experiences
  • Grow and develop
  • Learn new parenting skills
  • Overcome sexual difficulties: past or present
  • Deal with domestic abuse: past or present
  • Deal with self-limiting beliefs
  • Discover who we are
  • Stop smoking
  • Increase our self awareness
  • Learn how to succeed
  • Increase our self-esteem
  • Deal with obsessive behaviour
  • Change our negative thinking

Thank you for visiting my website

Hello and welcome to the Kingston Psychotherapy website. My name is Michael Hartley. I am a qualified psychotherapist and have been in private practice since 1995. I offer psychotherapy for individuals and couples.

What you can find on this website

This website has information about what psychotherapy is and how it may help you. You can also find information about the types of issues you can address in psychotherapy. There is also information about psychotherapy for couples which you may find helpful if you are considering couples therapy.

Further to this I have written a brief autobiography so you have some knowledge about me, what my experience and level of expertise is. I have included this because I believe choosing the right therapist is a crucial ingredient in the success of psychotherapy. I hope this information is of use to you.

If you want to discuss anything further or want to arrange an initial consultation then call me on 07941 488851 or EMAIL ME.

I hope you find what you are looking for.