Contact

 

I work both online and offline, the latter being in south Delhi. 

I can be contacted on (0091) 9810932253. Please leave a message if the call is not answered. You can also write to me at kaifmahmood@gmail.com . 


Psychotherapy fee, logistics and related matters

The fee for psychotherapy can be difficult to pay for many persons, particularly young people who form the larger portion of those who are drawn to the therapy process. When I moved from working in a public-funded university clinic to private practice, like for many other therapists, this fact put to question the purpose of having chosen a helping profession. At the same time, I was aware that the therapist needs to be careful to not see too many clients in a day, as this work requires a sense of rest and inner harmony if one is to provide that to others. To cultivate a balance between one’s commitment to social justice, and one’s own material and psychological needs is an ongoing journey.

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From January 2023, the fee for one session of 90 minutes is Rs 3500.

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If you are unable to pay this fee, we can try to work out an amount that is affordable for you and not too far outside the range of the usual per-minute fee for psychotherapy sessions in the major cities in India, while keeping in mind that this is a 90 minute session.

If the fee is still unaffordable, I could refer you to a therapist with an approach similar to mine, who may have a low-fee slot. You can also consider attending a listening circle or meditation session with me, which are affordable for most people. 

There are also two low-fee slots for Rs 500 a session or any amount that the client is able to pay. At the moment, these are both occupied. 

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Sessions are once a week, unless, occasionally, the client feels a need for an urgent session or more frequent sessions. 

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The fee is on the higher side of average, and the reason for that is that the sessions are longer than the conventional therapy session which is 50 minutes long. I have realised that I need more time with a person if I meet them only once a week and our conversation is to have a significant impact. A therapy session usually involves the client sharing with the therapist what they are experiencing in the moment and have experienced in the preceding days, the therapist listening deeply and with care, and offering some responses that help deeper emotions to emerge in the client. There is a slow emergence of a space where difficult emotions and life questions can be held in all their fullness so that emotional change and insight come to life. Over the years, I have increasingly come to feel that for the way in which my work has evolved, 50 minutes is far too constricted for such a space to be created, and leads to a more mechanical pattern of communication on my part and a hurried and unloading one on the part of the client, rather than a true dialogue. 

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While clients usually benefit from even from a few sessions, many prefer to stay in therapy for longer. If therapy continues for over a year, we increase the fee by 10 percent every year. 

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There is a cancellation policy. If the client cancels a session, and we are unable to find a substitute time that suits both of us, the client pays 50 per cent of the fee.

 

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The fee for clients living outside India is Rs 7000 for a 90 minute session. If you are unable to pay this amount, we can try to reach a mutually agreeable one.

 

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Occasionally, I am approached by persons who are not yet interested in regular therapy and only want one session, in order to get a therapist’s view on what they are experiencing. Single sessions do not bring deep emotional change which is the goal of regular therapy, but they do help the person understand what they are experiencing, its causes, and what they could do in the short and long term to walk further on their journey of growth. Having stated this framework of understanding, I do offer a single session for those who wish to do them. Since this is only one session, the fee for it is whatever the client feels is a meaningful contribution on their part. 

 

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