Frequently Asked Questions


WHAT HAPPENS IN THE INITIAL SESSION?

Your initial session is fifty minutes long and is a chance for you to describe the issues that are troubling or distressing you at this time and for you to see if you feel that psychotherapy or counselling would suit you at this time. It is normal to feel anxious or scared if this is your first experience in meeting with a therapist and time can be take to address these anxieties alongside the reasons you are currently seeking therapeutic help.

I will ask some questions about your personal details, family, work and medical history before we look at your presenting issues.In this session, you also have the opportunity to discuss your expectations about your therapy.If we both agree to commence with therapy, a further appointment will be made.Subsequent sessions will also be fifty minutes long, unless you request to have a longer session time which can be arranged.


SOME COMMON ISSUES EXPLORED IN THERAPY

  • Loss, bereavement and grief
  • Issues in relationships
  • Low self esteem
  • Feelings of guilt, anxiety or depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Life crisis
  • Problems with family
  • Stress management



    HOW DOES THERAPY WORK?

    Counselling or psycotherapy is a trained, professional relationship, whereby the therapist listens to the client in order to appreciate and understand the client's feelings, thinking and personal experiences. This can enable the client to first have an awareness of and then alter the previous repetition of destructive patterns of feeling, thinking and behaviour.


    WHAT IS YOUR THEORETICAL APPROACH?

    I have a formal training as a Transactional Analyst; this is a theory of both personality and a method of psychotherapy for both personal growth and change. One of the major characteristics of TA is it's contractual method, whereby both the client and therapist share equal responsibility for achieving the mutually goals of counselling or psychotherapy. In my practice, I offer an environment of suppportive and non judgemental support; this offers you the opportunity of exploring previous patterns of behaviour and for developing new and positive ways of being in the here and now.



    FEES

    INDIVIDUALS 60 per fifty minute session, usually meeting once a week

    COUPLES 85 per fifty minute session, usually meeting once a week.

    SUPERVISION 60-00 per fifty minute session.

    Fees are fixed in September and reviewed annually.


    If you have any further questions that I may help you with, please do not hesitate to contact me.