What is therapy like?
Each session of therapy lasts 50 minutes. Most of the work will be in the talking mode, where you bring issues and topics and I listen. This is in itself is a vital part of the process, your sharing defines the content of the session. I will help you to link, deepen and explore what you are bringing. Together, we will work toward a process of exploration and transformation.
An important aspect of therapy is that we explore together, and at a regulated pace. The idea being that only what’s needed and ready to be explored, comes to the surface.
From time to time, I might bring tools and techniques to help deepen exploration, which you would always choose whether or not to use.
How often would we meet?
The starting point is that we’d meet weekly and in most cases on the same day and at the same time. This regularity is important, as it creates a rhythm which deepens exploration.
In some case, we might decide together to work more than once a week. This way of working is effective at working with deeply entrenched issues, and can lead to particularly profound transformation.
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. In fact, while therapy is useful at sorting out psychological difficulties, it’s also very good at opening up a persons potential. In terms of “weakness”, true strength, we are increasingly coming to understand, is when we are prepared to face ourselves, including the parts of ourselves we don’t like to admit are there.
I see clients from all walks of life. From early adulthood to retirement age, from CEO’s to students. Women, men and trans/non gendered people. And while therapy is useful to “fix” a certain “problem”, I work with people who are seeking to develop themselves holistically. This means there’s a deeper orientation at play, a seeking out of meaning, purpose and self-actualisation, alongside the resolution of the presenting issue.
Is therapy with you right for me?
Only you can answer whether working with me is the right path for you. There are many therapists of differing styles and approaches, as well as many pathways to approaching a particular psychological issue.
Typically, clients see me because they:
- Are experiencing a symptom or a crisis, which they wish to resolve, but where they recognise that a “quick fix” may leave unresolved underlying issues.
- Are experiencing a sense of “stuckness” but not necessarily a psychological “symptom”, or they
- Have tried other forms of therapy, but for a variety of reasons they still feel unresolved.
If you are unsure about whether therapy with me is right for you, feel free to get in touch. I am happy to make an onward referral if for whatever reason we do not end up working together.
How much does it cost?
The introductory sessions costs £75. My ongoing rate is between £60 and £120 for a 50 minute session. The rate would be discussed during the introductory stage.
I provide a free 30 minute phone call prior to meeting, so you can ask any questions you might have.
Is therapy confidential?
Everything you share with me is confidential. There are extremely rare situations where I, like any registered therapist, could be required to divulge information via a court order.
Do you offer counselling or psychotherapy?
There is some debate in the therapy world as to the difference between counselling and psychotherapy. The way I see it is that counselling offers a supportive, non-judgemental relationship where you can explore your life.
Psychotherapy also does this, while simultaneously establishing a relationship where a mutual understanding of your inner world can be established and explored. Then, psychological models and the relationship itself can be used to reveal the ways in which you may be unwittingly holding yourself back. In this way, the work begins to offer profound transformation, freeing up the foundations of your personality.
I am trained in both counselling and psychotherapy, however I tend to practice psychotherapy.
How long might my therapy be?
The way I work is open-ended. This does not mean that we would go on forever, rather that we begin without a firm end date. Ending can be explored at any time, and is considered part of the therapy. This, and the organic and unstructured nature of psychotherapy is important, as it creates a unique environment which deepens healing.
Where do I go from here?
A lot of what makes therapy is the unique “chemistry” between the therapist and client. So it’s a good idea to meet a potential therapist (or two) “in real life” to see how you feel about working together.
The way I work is to have an initial phone call, which is free of charge. From there, any initial face to face meeting would be a place to more fully explore how it feels to work together. During these introductory sessions, we would also look at logistics, including session times and waiting lists. There are more details on my contact details page.