What to expect from therapy.
Are the sessions confidential ?
What's said in the room stays in the room. However, my registering body, the BACP requires that I regularly see a clinical supervisor, where elements of the work I do with you are discussed but keeping your identity anonymous.
How often would I need to attend sessions before I notice a difference ?
People usually attend sessions weekly to achieve the best result. Each session lasts for 50 minutes, and group sessions are 75 minutes. Some people find that it takes a few sessions to feel comfortable speaking about their emotions, especially if there is a lifetime habit of keeping things to themselves. Most people report they are starting to see things through a different lens after a few weeks.
How do I know that the way you work will be the right approach for me ?
We have an initial session without commitment, which allows us to meet and to see if we are a good fit. This is an opportunity for you to see if I'm the right person to help you. If you feel comfortable with me. If the place we meet and the time I offer you is convenient and will fit into your schedule. The meeting also gives me an opportunity to learn more about you. Why you are seeking help at this time, if I am the right professional to help you. My training over the years has been purposely varied ( its known as 'Integrative ') to allow me to have a 'tool box' of theories and techniques that fit my clients personality and issues. Alongside my core training I have been trained in Art Therapy, Play Therapy, working with couples and groups and I've worked with many different ages and stages of life. Some of the issues I've worked with have been:
Relationship issues including infidelity, separation and divorce. Internet dating. On-line relationships.
Depression and anxiety.
Work related issues.
Family issues including blended families.
Life transitional issues.
Could I join a group instead of seeing you individually ?
Groups can be a very powerful source of support. And they can be very economical too, but they are not suited for everyone. The groups I facilitate are limited on the number of members and run for terms of 6 weeks. If you are interested in finding support through a group I will arrange to meet you first to check that a group is the most beneficial solution for you. Groups are run on Monday during the daytime in Chesham.
How is your work and professional conduct regulated ?
My work and professional conduct is regulated through my membership of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, ( BACP)) who run an informative website. This is where you can learn more about counselling and psychotherapy and what to expect from the service you receive from one of their members.
I'm not sure if I need counselling or psychotherapy. What's the difference ?
Both counselling and psychotherapy offer an unbiased and confidential listening space, where thoughts and feelings can be explored and where you are helped to made sense of them. The main difference is that psychotherapy generally goes to a greater depth. As a result the client learns to really understand themselves and their patterns of behaviour and be aware of their own process. Change is possible with both counselling and psychotherapy.
What does it cost to have a session ?
I aim to keep session costs to around the same price as other counselling professionals working locally.
The initial session is £35.
Kings Cross: £60 per session
North London £60 per session.
Chesham £50 per session
Group membership: £15 per meeting.
In addition I am able to offer a limited number of low cost sessions at certain times during the daytime. Please ask for details.