What is therapy?
Therapy is an opportunity to work with someone who is trained to see a bigger picture in terms of psychological processes, and is able to facilitate and support you to find more appropriate ways to deal with difficulties, integrating any issues within your psyche and enabling you to move forward with greater freedom.
How frequent are the sessions?
Client and therapist meet once a week, for a session which lasts one hour. Regular weekly meetings give the client time to reflect on and process the work discussed during each session.
How much does it cost?
Sessions between 8am and 5pm cost £45; sessions between 6pm and 9pm cost £50. Each session lasts one hour. Low-cost sessions are available for those on low income and are subject to availability.
I offer a 10% discount on block bookings of 6 sessions: £243 for 6 x daytime sessions, £270 for 6 x evening sessions.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is rather like asking ‘how long is a piece of string?’ Some people wish to undertake shorter term work (around 12 weeks). During this time it’s possible to gain insight into thoughts, feelings and behaviour, and relief from symptoms. However, in order to make deeper changes, some people choose to work for months and even years.
I work on a short and longer term basis. The length of the work is something we would discuss, and is something which would ultimately be decided upon by you, the client.
How does it work?
The client and therapist develop a working relationship, which can act like a mirror to the client, highlighting things they may not be aware of, or may not have wanted to see about themselves. It is through this process of developing awareness and acceptance that change begins to take place.
What might I get from therapy?
What you might expect to gain from working with me is insight, personal growth and the development of your inner wisdom; I believe that everyone has the capacity to grow and change, to work through issues such as depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. I believe that we can create the lives we want for ourselves and develop our full potential; it is a matter of learning to find our way.
What ‘issues’ do you work with?
I work with a wide range of difficulties, including self esteem issues, depression, anxiety, pregnancy & birth related issues, self harm, sexual abuse, trauma, relationship difficulties and life transitions, with people from all walks of life.
Will it work for me?
It’s hard to say really; talking therapies don’t suit everyone, and sometimes people may not feel right working together. It is very important to find a therapist you feel comfortable with, and if this is not the case, I will happily provide you with names of other therapists whom you may want to work with.
How can I get the most from therapy?
Successful therapy is an active process, requiring input from both the client and the therapist… no-one will ever know you better than you do yourself; you are your own expert!
Is therapy for people with mental health problems?
No, therapy is a really effective way of working with any difficulties in life and making changes to enable a more peaceful and fulfilling existence.
What’s the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
Counselling tends to be shorter term work, often focused on dealing with a particular problem which has occurred in the client’s life, for example the end of a relationship. Psychotherapy tends to be longer term and deeper work, which can ultimately lead to changes in behaviour and thoughts through making new neural connections.