Initially we will discuss your reason for starting therapy and will try to understand what you are hoping to gain from the experience. From there we will seek to understand what you may wish to change, if anything, in order to resolve what has been concerning you.
Therapy is an opportunity for you to focus on the nature of your problem. Occasionally you may come to feel upset, and this can be a natural part of your journey. Therefore it’s important that you know you are in charge of your work, exploring in your own time and at your pace. You will not be forced to confront something you do not wish to.
Choosing to work together
It is important that you feel comfortable working with me, and that I am confident I can offer you the most appropriate support that you need. Therefore, in our initial session together, we would examine both your needs and my professional capacity to meet them. You can then decide, either at that session or at a later date, whether or not you wish to continue therapy with me.
On rare occasions, I may feel that a client’s needs would be better met by a different therapist or therapeutic approach. Should this be the case, I will make every effort to recommend or refer you to an alternative person or therapy source.
How long will I need?
Just as everyone is individual, so our experience and need for therapy will vary. Issues that reveal themselves to be more complex or deeper can sometimes necessitate a more in-depth and possibly longer commitment. Likewise, issues that have a recent history could be addressed over a shorter period of time.
I offer this as a guideline. In our work together we would come to understand your needs, and together make plans accordingly.
What is the difference between psychotherapy and counselling?
These terms are often used interchangeably. Therapist is a term often used by both counsellors and psychotherapists, and as such can be confusing.
Psychotherapy is a confidential talking process between a client and a therapist. It offers a professional, secure environment to reflect on and explore experiences and feelings that we may be struggling with.
This is usually, though not always, exploratory and thus longer-term work in nature, and is conducted with a psychotherapist. With time you have options to consider deeper parts of yourself, with the aim of understanding yourself, and how you relate to others and the world. This can include understanding some unconscious processes.
This is often shorter-term, goal-orientated work. With a counsellor or therapist, you look at a specific issue or event, with the aim of both understanding and making changes, should you wish.
Why might you consider therapy?
There are many reasons for choosing therapy as a method for self-understanding and change. These may be the result of everyday stresses, or of specific events from your past or present.
My experience of working with clients includes a wide range of issues. These relate to:
- ageing - anxiety, depression, fear, isolation
- anxiety - bullying, despondency, fear, guilt, shame, sleeplessness, stress
- career - ambition, aspiration, change, conflict
- culture - displacement, identity, immigration
- depression - direction, hopelessness, lethargy, loneliness, support
- diabetes – coping with, and adjusting to living with the condition
- emotions - anger, addiction, fear, obsession, rage, sadness
- esteem - assertiveness, confidence, image, shame
- food management - binge or over eating, obesity, body-image
- loss - bereavement, death, grief, job, relationships, status
- relationship - abandonment, conflict, engulfment, family, intimate, sexual
- sexuality - behaviour, compulsion, fears, intimacy
- trauma - past or present, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Everyone’s issues are unique. I offer this list as an illustration. To find out whether you would benefit from psychotherapy, please contact me directly here.
Psychotherapy and counselling are confidential in nature. This means that every effort is made to ensure your identity is protected. There are some limits to confidentiality that you need to be aware of:
- the work I practice is shared in supervision with a limited number of professionals, bound by a confidentiality agreement
- I do not disclose your personal details except in the specific event of an accident or sudden illness, where I make arrangements for notification. This will be conducted by a fellow professional, bound by a confidentiality agreement
There are limits to confidentiality in the practice of psychotherapy in the UK. There maybe a point at which your psychotherapist has a legal obligation to share some information with the relevant authorities. These limits include if you share information relating to drug trafficking, treason and terrorism.
Additionally, and without prejudice, I reserve the right to break confidentiality and contact the appropriate services if I consider you are at risk to yourself or others. I would make every effort to inform you prior to taking this action.
Terms and conditions
Outlined below are the terms and conditions under which I offer and practice psychotherapy, counselling and supervision. To indicate your agreement to these, I will ask you to sign and return a form with this information at the start of our work together.
Code of Ethics and Professional Practice
I adhere to the Code of Ethics and Professional Practices of the following organisations, details of which can be found on the websites indicated:-
GPs and other professionals
Sometimes it is useful to inform GPs and other professionals concerned with your care that you are commencing work with me. If you have had psychiatric treatment, I may ask your permission to see medical notes. This cannot happen without your knowledge, since doctors only give information with their patients' written permission. If I have any contact, written or verbal, with a GP or other professional I communicate it to you fully, as soon as possible.
- individuals and couples 50 minutes: families 75 minutes: groups 120 minutes
- sessions are held at the same place unless notified by the psychotherapist
- all session are held at the same time each week, unless we agree in advance otherwise
Usually our work ends at a mutually agreed time, giving good attention to the finishing process. Exceptionally a client may wish to end quickly. The notice period of intention to leave required is a minimum of 4 weeks, and considerably longer for long-term work, ensuring due attention is paid to our ending.
I have various appointment times available Monday to Friday.
For more information or to make an inquiry, please contact me by email or call me on 07976 605949. All enquiries are confidential.
Fees and schedules of payment
Fees range from £35.00 to £120.00 per session, depending on the format, location and time of day. As a guide individual therapy starts from £50-60 a session.
To ensure continuity of work, sessions are usually held weekly, couples by arrangement. So you are fully aware of the terms and conditions of payment and appointments:
- all missed sessions are payable for in full
- should you request, and with notice, every effort will be made to accommodate a change of session time in the same week, dependant on both our availability
- you will receive at least 4 weeks notice, where possible, of any holidays or missed sessions by the psychotherapist
- you are not expected to pay for sessions missed by the psychotherapist
- fees are reviewed annually, and any increase will be communicated with 4 weeks notice