Frequently Asked Questions
How long will therapy last?
The answer to that depends on what you are looking for. For some people, short term therapy, around 8 sessions can be very effective, particularly when there is a specific issue that can be addressed in a limited space of time. Many other people feel that eight sessions of counselling isn’t enough time to explore things in depth. Often in this case they choose to continue open ended counselling. Through open ended therapy, we will look at how the past can shape the present.
In my practice I offer both time limited and open ended therapy. In an initial appointment there will be an opportunity to explore if either of these options are right for you.
Will counselling/psychotherapy work for me?
The psychodynamic approach that I use has a proven track record of being effective for any number of issues; there is a huge evidence base to support it as an intervention. We will review the work regularly to make sure that you are happy with the progress.
What will happen in an initial meeting?
Our initial meeting is not an obligation to begin counselling with me. It will be an opportunity to discuss what you are looking for in therapy, and for us to assess if this will be right for you. It is a chance for you to ask me any questions, and to talk through practicalities like suitable times and the fee. It should help you decide if you think you are going to feel comfortable working with me. If you have questions or would like to know more before deciding to meet, you are welcome to call me.
How long are the sessions and what happens during holidays or if I can't make it?
Each session lasts for 50 minutes. We will agree holiday dates together, you won't pay for sessions when I am not at work. In common with most therapists, I charge for missed sessions because the regular time slot is kept just for you. Please see my Counselling and Psychotherapy Agreement here
Do you work with neurodiversity?
I have many years of experience in working with neurodiversity, including conditions such as autism, ADHD and dyslexia. It can be difficult taking the first step to accepting help through therapy, I will go at your pace; with understanding of some of the difficulties you may have faced.
Why choose me?
I value individual difference, honesty, integrity, finding your own path, standing out from the crowd, connection and relationships. People can be empowered to find their own answers. I am not a fixer and don't have all the answers, although I may have a suggestion or two. I am OK to sit with people in chaos and can acknowledge difficult moments. I am not afraid to be afraid, nor walk into a dark place with you
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