How do I decide which therapist to work with?
Research shows that therapy has better outcomes if there is a good working relationship between a client and therapist so perhaps consider if you feel comfortable and sufficiently at ease to relate to a potential therapist. It is also wise to ensure potential therapists are registered with a professional organisation that sets stringent codes of conduct to ensure therapists are ethical, professional and have received a good standard of training.
What does an initial consultation involve?
When we meet for an initial consultation we will explore the issue(s) that have brought you to therapy and we will likely talk about your life history. The initial consultation will give you chance to consider whether you would like to proceed to work with me and if so, what hopes you have for therapy. An initial consultation is 50 minutes duration.
What happens during a therapy session?
You are free to talk about what is most important for you, from everyday matters to any worries, regrets or hopes and aspirations you may have but which seem difficult to achieve just now. We will explore your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, memories and life experiences to develop an in-depth understanding of your difficulties. Once you have a deeper insight into your struggles, you will be better placed to think about any changes you may want to make in your life to increase your psychological well-being.
How long does therapy take?
Each session is 50 minutes and it is most likely that we will meet weekly. It is very difficult to say how long therapy might last as every individual and their circumstances are unique. Generally speaking psychological therapy is not a quick fix solution and the length of your course of therapy will depend upon your specific difficulties and the extent to which they are impacting upon your life. I am trained to offer short, medium and long term individual therapy so we can discuss which option we think might suit you best.
Do I need to be referred by my doctor?
You can be referred by your doctor if you prefer, or you can refer yourself by CLICKING HERE to book a free 20 minute telephone consultation. We can briefly discuss your circumstances while also giving you the chance to ask any initial questions you may have. We can then decide whether to proceed to book an initial consultation appointment. If you intend to claim against your health insurance, please clarify with your provider whether they require you to have a referral from your GP prior to starting therapy.
What about confidentiality?
The confidential nature of therapy often fosters a deep sense of trust in the therapeutic relationship, however there are exceptional circumstances which are outside the boundaries of this confidentiality, for example if you are at significant risk to yourself or if others are at risk, particularly children. Regular consultation with a senior practitioner, bound by the same code of ethics and conduct, is a requirement of the profession and may involve a discussion about the challenges you are facing. Your GP will also be advised of the start and completion of our work. Issues of confidentiality will therefore be discussed further during your initial assessment.
Is face to face therapy my only option?
No, I also offer therapy via web based video calls which enables those who would find it difficult to attend face to face appointments the flexibility of accessing therapy from their preferred location.
How much will it cost?
Initial consultations and therapy sessions of 50 minutes are £85. My cancellation policy and the location of my therapy room, or details for a web based video call, will be discussed during our initial telephone contact.