FAQs

I hope that my website has given you an overview of who I am and how I work and if you are interested in finding out more I would recommend an initial consultation to meet each other to see if it feels right for you when we are in the room together. We will probably be able to establish quite early on if I am the right person for you.

Choosing a therapist is a very individual choice and I recommend you take the time to meet at least a couple people with a view to having some thought about who you may work best with. I believe that each relationship is individual and unique and it is a privilege for me to get to know people I see and to support them on their therapeutic journey. Relationship is central to building a therapeutic alliance and working together, so trust your instinct to make a decision and start your own journey.

I look forward to meeting you!

The terms ‘Psychotherapy’ and ‘Counselling’ are often used interchangeably and essentially they are both characterised by a form of “talking therapy”. You will see many practitioners will use both terms when referring to themselves.

Fundamentally both psychotherapy and counselling have the same goal of providing relief to someone with some sort of psychological symptom or obstacles although there are some subtle differences.

‘Counselling’ is often used to describe a shorter-term process than psychotherapy. A goal in counselling is to enable someone to make better use of resources they may already have in place. Counselling often focuses on a specific issue, life event or experience or on a particular symptom.

‘Psychotherapy’ is often a longer process of treatment and focuses on facilitating the exploration and development of new resources for a person. In psychotherapy you will have the chance to look deeper into the root of your issues. You will have the chance to explore patterns of behaviour, thinking and feeling in your life at a greater depth that allow you to focus more on your way of being in the world.

Psychotherapy is a more rigorous and academic training process.

Psychotherapy and counselling help you gain a better understanding of yourself. Many people will benefit from therapy at some point in their life and they may have sought a therapist to help them with any range of intrusive thoughts, undesirable behaviours, psychological barriers or overwhelming fears and anxieties.

These days society is increasingly open-minded about the benefits of therapy and how it can help us achieve our potential. Gone are the days when we had to have “a problem” in order to seek help. People nowadays are more self-aware and have options and opportunities to look at their own potential stalling blocks and to do something about them. At any point those stalling blocks start to intrude on who we are and who we want to be in the world, we may seek therapy to help us overcome those issues. Counselling and psychotherapy can help provide you with the necessary tools and resources to work with what you have and where you want to go.

The chance to have someone entirely focused on what is going on for you on a regular and ongoing basis is an amazing opportunity that can significantly change your outlook and radicalise your way of being, with yourself and with others. Sharing your thoughts and feelings with a professional can provide you with the right formula to ease psychological symptoms and maladaptive ways of being that a friendship simply isn’t able to do.

Counselling and psychotherapy can help you find a more appropriate way through that serves you better personally and enables you to build better and healthier relationships with yourself and with others.

Your session will run from your allocated time for 50 mins. If you arrive 20 minutes late then we will only be able to have a 30 minute session. I’m afraid I am unable to extend session times and you will still be charged for a full session. It may always still be worth attending your session though and I welcome any chance to safely text me to let me know if you are running late so that I know when to expect you.

This is entirely your choice. I can work with you both short term and longer term and I am happy to discuss what works best for you during our assessment session.

You may wish to commit to an initial number of sessions, e.g. 6-12 and then go from there. It may be that you have a specific issue you would like to work on and working together on a set shorter term counselling contract will be sufficient for you. Or it may also be that you may want to work with a rolling contract in mind or even open-ended on deeper rooted issues and that is also fine.

In my work I will ensure that we have regular opportunities to discuss how things are going for you and whether you would like to review how long you want to work together. Ultimately it is your therapy and needs to work for you.

Payment is due each session and I accept cash or BACS transfers. Any missed sessions with less than 24 hours notice will be payable on the following session.

If you want to work longer term I am also happy to work on monthly payments.

Everything we talk about in our sessions is confidential.
The limitations to this confidentiality, and as per my contract, are if I feel there is an immediate danger to you or to someone else. In those circumstances I may break confidentiality and wherever possible I will seek to talk to you first.
Rarely the case may be that I required to submit my notes if legally required to do so. The notes I make are brief session notes and do not have identifying details.
As I work with various ethical frameworks in mind, I am also required to discuss my caseload with a qualified supervisor on a regular basis. During those sessions, which are also confidential, I may share details of our sessions with my supervisor. You are not identifiable within these discussions.

Each session lasts 50 minutes unless otherwise discussed and changed by mutual agreement. This is considered a “therapeutic hour”.

There is no barrier at all to who psychotherapy can help!

No matter your upbringing, race, culture, religion or belief system, at some point in your life, you may seek to change something in your life or feel you’ve got a bit stuck and need a bit of help and insight from someone else. A therapist can offer safe, non-judgemental support in times of need, and also in times when you’re looking to fulfil potential and improve on your lot in life, rather than focus on a particular troubling issue.

Therapy sessions will usually be scheduled weekly and your time slot will be held for you for the agreed time period.

A weekly format facilitates continuity and a steady routine and with this, progress is charted to offer optimal results for you. Having a session each week also allows you sufficient time to process what goes on for you from week to week. It offers a familiar spot in the week to decompress, explore issues and work on the changes you may want to put into place during your week between sessions.

You may wish to have more than 1 weekly session and this can also be agreed during initial assessment or during your therapy.

When I am with clients I will be uncontactable and I will have my phone off. On that basis I am unable to offer unscheduled availability during the week and in between our sessions.

For 24/7 support you can call the Samaritans on 116 123, or if necessary, emergency services.

Not at all. If you would like to come to therapy, you are welcome to self-refer and you are welcome to get in touch.

Counselling is often difficult and talking about issues you may not have spoken out loud to anyone before may be a really challenging prospect. Sessions may also get harder before it gets easier.

If you have in mind what it is you like and don’t like and how that feels for you, talk it through with your therapist. Like any relationship, some work and some don’t. Your sessions are for you and it’s useful to bear in mind that any feedback will be grist for the mill and can be used in sessions. Your therapist won’t be offended by you being clear about what works for you and what doesn’t, in fact they’ll embrace it!

If you don’t feel you’re connecting with your therapist, talk it through and if it still feels the same you may want to meet others and see if you have a different experience with someone else.

Therapy can be challenging both emotionally in sessions and in between sessions when you are processing what has gone on. It may also feel like a more uncomfortable place before it starts to feel more positive for you. Be assured though that a primary concern of your therapist is to ensure you can get the right support you need at this particular point in your life.