FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I need therapy?

I believe that people are their own experts and so will know if seeking support with a neutral person will be of benefit for them. However In some cases, your GP may suggest counselling or therapy to help, but this is ultimately your choice. 

How do I start therapy?

If you are curious to see if therapy will help, please reach out to me and we can have an informal discussion where I can answer any questions you may have and we can decide together whether you would like to engage in therapeutic work.

How much therapy do I need?

In terms of the amount of sessions, I work without an end date in mind. I believe you will know when you are ready to think about ceasing therapy and we can work collaboratively to ensure you do this safely. On average, most people have one session per week for as long as they require for therapy to be effective.

Will any of my personal information be disclosed?

Our work is kept confidential. To further my professional development, I make brief notes after our sessions. However, these notes do not contain any identifiable information.  Other information such as your name and contact details are kept securely with only myself. Occasionally, I may discuss our work with my supervisor, but other than your first name, no other identifiable information will be shared.  In the very rare events that other professionals may need to be notified about our work, I will discuss this as an option with you first to seek your permission.

What do I need to bring to therapy?

Sometimes it can help to identify themes and experiences that you particularly wish to explore, but this is not always necessary.  My approach to therapy is mainly person-centred, so you are free to bring whatever experiences feel relevant to you.

Will I need to discuss themes that are traumatising or distressing for me?

You do not need to discuss anything you do not feel ready to discuss.  I have the belief that you will ultimately know what is right for you and will keep yourself safe.  Therapy is your experience, and I will not lead you to discuss areas that you do not want to discuss.

What is the Person Centred Approach?

This is a mode of working where you (the client) are in control of the level of depth and speed in what you share or explore.  I am not an expert on your life, you are, and I will try to encourage your exploration by creating a nurturing and safe environment for you, free of any judgement. I prefer to think of myself as a companion to your experience, not a leader in it.

What is the BACP?

The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy is a membership body that is recognised in the UK as a credible source for therapy. As a registered member, I adhere to the BACP’s ethical framework.

What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

There is no difference at the moment.  Both terms are valid titles that therapists choose depending on their own decision.

Why is your initial session at a lower rate?

For our initial session, I charge a lower rate for a few reasons:

  • During this session there is a small amount of paperwork to complete.

  • It gives you the opportunity to ask me any questions.

  • Most importantly gives you an idea as to whether you feel comfortable working with me in the future.