How can therapy help me?
Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as Addiction; Depression; Anxiety, Relationships; Trauma; Eating Disorders and body image issues. Many people also find that counsellors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, relationships, and work related concerns. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution.
The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications and listening skills
- Changing old behaviour patterns and developing new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems.
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Will I have to talk about the past?
The simple answer would be yes, however, to what extent is unique to each individual and their psychotherapist. There is absolutely no pressure to bring up things that are difficult to share as this comes with time and trust. However, in the first session or two, it is likely that a brief family history will be discussed so I can get a sense of your past. Of course, together will have to decide between us what is important to discuss, and what is not. For me personally, we have to heal the past to be able to move forward in the present.
We are not defined by our past, but it does have an influence on how we see our world. When through therapy we develop awareness we can begin to understand and think about what drives the negative thoughts or behaviours that are harming you in the present, you will become empowered to make changes.
What is the fee for therapy?
Depending on location, my fees range from £50-£90 per session. At times, concessionary rates may be available, however, this concession is available weekdays only and before 4pm.The fee for services will be discussed with you before you book your first appointment.
Do I need a referral to come and see you?
No – the most usual route to access therapy is self-referral, where you contact me directly and we agree to meet and discuss what you feel you need. However, I also take referrals from Doctors, Psychiatrists, other Medical Consultants.
Do you contract with your clients?
Yes – the contract covers issues such as confidentiality, cancellation policy, etc. If we are both happy to continue after the initial consultation/assessment you will be asked to sign the Contract. A copy of a contract is available on request.
How long will have to wait for an appointment?
My aim is to offer you an initial consultation , known as an assessment session, usually within 1 week.