About Therapy

What is therapy

Therapy enables you to work on issues that might be causing you difficulties in your life and relationships. Issues you bring might be, for example, feelings of anxiety, depression or lack of confidence. Therapy can help you to work on these issues so that you are enabled to feel a sense of empowerment and confidence in yourself.

One of the aims of therapy is to help you develop inner resources / support (such as increasing awareness, using mindfulness for example) so that you feel able to create more choice and greater options in your life.

Therapy is not always an easy process, sometimes it can be difficult and challenging, however it can lead to a richer and more fulfilling life and a greater sense of inner confidence.

Who can benefit from therapy?

Psychotherapy can be beneficial to many; those experiencing bereavement or loss, past or current abusive experiences, anxiety and / or depression, those wanting to improve self-esteem and confidence, and those who may be experiencing relationship issues or difficult family histories.

There can be many benefiting factors to therapy including reduced stress and anxiety, improved relationships, increased self-confidence and an overall enhancement to life and experiences.

How regular are the sessions?

Sessions will usually take place on a weekly basis at a mutually agreed time, depending on what is needed, and this is something that can be discussed further during our initial meeting.

What is involved?

If you decide you would like to book an appointment with me, then we will meet initially for a 50 minute assessment session. This is for you to meet me, to get an experience of what a therapy session is like and to ask any questions that you may need to.

This initial session is also for me to learn a bit more about you and what you would like to achieve from working with me and also to see if we can work together (if I am the right person to help you).

If you then decide you would like to take this further then we will arrange to meet for weekly appointments either for a set amount of sessions (for example 6 or 12 sessions if you decide on short term work) or we can leave it open ended, so that you can make the decision to complete the sessions at your own pace.

How regular are the sessions?

Sessions will usually take place on a weekly basis at a mutually agreed time, depending on what is needed, and this is something that can be discussed further during our initial meeting.

How long will I be in therapy?

This depends on the initial reason for coming to see me, but the length of time all depends on what you want to gain from coming to therapy. We may agree on a limited number of sessions, for example between 6 and 12, or people may find they need something more lengthy, between 6 months to 1 year or more.

How confidential is therapy?

I abide by a strict code of ethics which means that everything we discuss in the sessions will be kept between you and me. There are exceptions to this; ethical practice requires that I attend supervision with an experienced practitioner in order that my work can be explored and reviewed on a regular basis and if I am compelled to break confidence by a court of law or if a client was thought to be at risk of danger to self and / or others.

What is the cost?

Each 50 minute session costs £45

I recommend a session and a half for the initial consultation.

I charge £55 for couples (an hour).

Again a session and a half is recommended for the initial consultation.

Cancellations

I ask for payment of the full fee for cancellations with less than 48 hours notice