Who goes to therapy?
There’s a myth in society that therapy is only for people who are “unwell” or “weak”. Thankfully, that myth is on the way out. While many go to therapy because they encounter a crisis in life, many others stay in therapy after the crisis has passed as they become it’s a helpful way of gaining support and furthering their potential.
In today’s world, a quiet space where one can truly be oneself is a rarity. It needn’t be reserved for those in severe distress.
I see clients from all walks of life. From early adulthood to retirement age. Women, men and trans/non gendered people.
Is therapy right for me?
Only you can answer whether therapy is the right path for you. There are multiple pathways to approaching most psychological issues. Typically, clients turn to therapy because they are experiencing one or more of:
- Negative patterns which have repeated throughout life.
- A sense of “stuck-ness”, or difficult to pin down feelings of incompleteness.
- Difficulties in romantic or sexual relationships.
- Difficulties in social situations or in maintaining friendships.
- Eating disorders or difficulty maintaining a healthy weight.
- Questioning purpose or meaning in life.
- Work related problems, including stress, unemployment, dissatisfaction or specific behavioural issues.
- An awareness of unresolved childhood trauma, such as violence, divorce, abuse or neglect.
- Depression, anxiety, grief, stress, or other more recognisable psychological issues.
- Addiction: whether to substances of abuse such as alcohol or drugs, or perhaps to more socially acceptable behaviours such as work, sex, pornography, eating or unhealthy relationships.
If you feel you have an issue not listed here but are curious as to whether therapy can help, feel free to get in touch.
Is therapy confidential?
Everything you share with me is confidential. There are extremely rare situations where I, like any therapist, could be required to divulge information via a court order. I will make notes after a session, but these are stored securely and anonymously. I attend supervision with an experienced, professional therapist, where anonymous case information is shared in order to monitor and improve my work.
How long might my therapy be?
This depends on what you want from therapy. Approaching a defined issue in a solution oriented manner may take a matter of weeks or months. To work in an exploratory manner or on deeper, multiple or less definable issues may take longer.
During the beginning stages of therapy we can discuss the process of therapy if this is helpful for you.
What is therapy like?
The initial session (or sessions, if necessary) are usually a place to get to know each other, understand what you are bringing and how I work, so that we can both decide if and how we might work together.
As my training involves a number of disciplines, the session itself may simply be centred around a talking “mode”, or if you agree and it’s appropriate, we might use techniques such as creative visualisation, more structured exercises, meditation, mindfulness, art, and working with dreams.
Will it hurt?
Therapy can involve experiencing the full range of human emotion, from happiness and joy through to grief and anger. Often, part of what is holding us back in life is a difficulty experiencing “negative” feelings. That said, therapists are trained to support your safe and appropriate emotional expression. You will not be “pushed” into feeling and you feeling safe is of utmost importance.
How much does it cost?
My rate is £75 for a 50 minute session. My rate is reviewed in January each year.
Where do I go from here?
The way I work is to have a free brief phone call to understand your position. This is also a great way for you to get a better sense of whether you would want to work with me. There are more details on my contact details page.