How does therapy work?
Therapy is a collaborative process, so we’ll work together to explore and understand your issues more clearly. It will help you to connect with and express your emotions and open up new insights and perspectives that you may not have considered. This in turn will enable you to make changes in your life.
Do you offer an initial session?
Yes, we’ll arrange an initial session, which is an opportunity for us to meet and for you to have a space to talk about the issues that have brought you to therapy. I’ll ask you about your life and your relationships, so I can begin to understand you, how you view yourself and the world around you. This will help us to decide if therapy is the right path for you and how we might work together to help you with your problems.
Can I talk to you before deciding to have an initial session?
Yes, I offer a free 10-15 minute phone call, which we’ll arrange, so you can get a better sense of whether my way of working is what you’re looking for and I can explain how I think this will be helpful for you. You can also ask me any questions you may have at this stage.
When do therapy sessions take place?
We’ll meet on the same day at the same time each week, as agreed, so this becomes a regular appointment in both our minds.
Do you offer fortnightly sessions?
Not generally. Therapy on a weekly basis and will allow us to work on your issues more much more effectively. If you’re looking for fortnightly sessions, then I do ask that you commit to initially having 6 sessions on a weekly basis, so I can get to know you and understand you and your issues and we can build our therapeutic relationship. On the 6th session we can then discuss if you still want to try fortnightly and how it will feel different.
Do you offer strategies?
This depends what you mean by strategies. I don’t offer anything that you can Google. So I won’t be giving you advice or advising you to try specific techniques but what I do offer, is a space for you to understand why you’re experiencing a specific symptom and together we’ll work to understand it and to help you gain new perspectives.
How long do sessions last?
Sessions last 50 minutes.
How many sessions will I need?
This is something we can discuss in the initial session and will be particular to you and your issues. Some people may want to come for a short period of time and focus on a particular issue and other people want to come on an open-ended basis and will want to work on their issues for up to a year or more.
What happens next?
If there’s anything else you’d like to know or if you’d like to discuss whether therapy is right for you, then feel free to contact me.