What can I expect from an initial session?
In the initial assessment session we talk about what brings you here, your background, your hopes and concerns about therapy. It is a good opportunity for both of us to meet in person, establish a connection and decide if we want to work together.
What can I expect from a regular session?
Sessions are not prescriptive in nature, we engage in a discussion about what is troubling you. It is important you allow yourself to talk in a free, unedited way, however socially unacceptable your thoughts and feelings might be.
How long does therapy take?
This differs for each person, and depends what the presenting issues may be. I am equally able to work with short-term clients (6-12 sessions) or with long-term, open-ended work. I can provide you with a variety of approaches, ranging from the more traditional psychodynamic psychotherapy through solution-focused work (using a blend of therapy and coaching techniques), the popular CBT, and more.
Each session lasts for 50 minutes and are generally once weekly, although twice weekly therapy is an option if agreed by the therapist and the client.
Do I pay for missed or cancelled sessions?
Once we agree to work together, a fixed time is allocated for your session. This is your time and therefore you would need to pay for your session whether you attend it or not. You do not have to pay for sessions I cannot offer you. If you notify me in advance for sessions that you know you will be unable to attend, I will do my best to offer you an alternative time but this depends on current availability.
How regular do the sessions need to be?
Generally therapy requires weekly sessions for our relationship to develop and for you to see some benefits. Some people may require an increased frequency and I am happy to work in this way if this is something we both agree and discuss.
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
Counselling typically deals with a specific life problem you might have, it's short term in nature and aims to address a particular behaviour or symptom. Psychotherapy is longer term and it is a deeper exploration of your core issues, relationships and underlying conditions, which usually facilitates lasting change and personal growth. Psychotherapists are required to undertake intensive training and personal psychotherapy themselves.