How long does each therapy session last?
Each session lasts for 50 minutes.
How regularly do I need to attend?
Sessions are typically held every one to two weeks in the beginning.
How many sessions will I need?
Some clients find enough benefit from a few sessions (6-12), while others prefer longer-term support. This really depends on your circumstances and what you want to get out of therapy.
Are the sessions confidential?
Sessions are confidential with a limited number of exceptions, such as if I believe you or someone else is at risk of harm, in the course of clinical supervision and where there is a legal requirement.
What happens in a therapy session?
The first session is an opportunity for us to get to know each other, ask each other questions, explore what you want to get out of therapy and consider how we might work together.
Subsequent sessions can range from unstructured, exploratory talking therapy to highly structured therapy in which we explore specific techniques and exercises. We will be guided by your evolving wants and needs, and my knowledge and experience of evidence-based psychological methods.
Do I have to think of specific goals before I contact you?
When we first meet we will explore what has brought you to therapy at this time. During the first few sessions, we may decide to define some goals for our work together. These goals may evolve with time. Some people would rather not focus on specific goals, but come to therapy for a confidential space to explore feelings, thoughts, behaviours or relationships.
How can I get the most out of my sessions?
This varies from person to person, and even within an individual over time. Some clients find it useful to take some notes during or between sessions; some request 'homework' tasks; some value the use of psychological questionnaires to measure symptoms; some enjoy worksheets, educational handouts, video clips or guided meditations; some prefer to focus on the experiential aspect of therapy. Please know that there is no right way to 'do therapy', it is about regularly checking with yourself: what do I want to get out of this work?
Is this a crisis service?
I do not offer emergency support at this time. If you require urgent assistance please contact your GP in the first instance, or contact 111, who will assess your needs further. If you feel at imminent risk of harm to yourself or others, please contact emergency services on 999 immediately.
You can contact the Samaritans for support at any time of day on 116 123.
Are sessions taking place during the Covid-19 lockdowns?
Yes, sessions are taking place virtually, via Zoom, for the foreseeable future. Online therapy is employed by the NHS and there is growing evidence that it works just as effectively as face to face therapy. Online sessions simply require a device, an adequate internet connection, and access to a private and confidential space.
How do I book a session?
Please contact me to arrange a free telephone consultation or to book an appointment.