Questions and Answers
How long will I be in therapy for?
Therapy is a process and is best viewed as a collaboration. It’s a conversation with someone who is trained to keep you as the focus of this conversation, as we explore your experience. Part of our initial conversations will be defining what the problems are, and to define some goals for the therapy, so that over our time working together we can check back in with one another and see whether these issues still exist. Some issue's may need longer than others, and I work both short term (12 sessions) and long term (open ended). The ending is something that together we discuss, assess and work towards.
Who are your clients?
Many of the people I have worked with have struggled with mild mental health issue's such as anxiety and depression, addiction issues (including addressing underlying emotions such as guilt and shame that can be prevalent within addictions), and many of the people I have worked with experience problems in their relationships (personal, familial, and professional or the relationships with themselves). The clients I tend to work well with are people who are curious about their experience; why they respond in certain ways, why they feel certain things and how their lives may be improved. I tend not to work clients who may benefit from more specific services such an Eating Disorders, Phobia’s, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, or with whom I feel I am not able to help. But I’m happy to make suggestions to more appropriate services or colleagues.
How much do you charge?
We generally meet weekly, at the same day and time, for 50 minutes. The number of sessions can be agreed, or we can work together open ended. My minimum charge is £55 per session, and together we agree an ongoing fee at the initial assessment. The fee can vary depending on the time of session and location.
What is your therapeutic approach?
I draw on a range of the psychotherapeutic approaches, including humanistic and person centred, but I mainly work existentially. In short, this means I invite you to consider your assumptions about your life, look at your choices and explore what it means to be you in your world.
What are the next steps?
I always arrange an initial session where I can hear more about the reasons you are seeking therapy and assess whether I can work with your presenting issues. We explore your expectations for the therapy, and it is also an opportunity for you to decide if you think it would be a good fit. If so, we also discuss an on-going fee and scheduling.