Will therapy help and how do I know which therapy is right for me?

There is no simple answer to this question, people go to therapy for a range of very different reasons and may have different expectations from therapy and get different things out of it. You can discuss your reasons and expectations for therapy in your first session. There are a variety of different types of psychological therapies and it can be confusing when thinking about what type to go for. As a Counselling Psychologists, I am trained in using a range of different therapies and therapeutic models and I will try to work in a way that is most helpful for your difficulties and your needs. If you wish to access a particular type of therapy, please feel free to discuss this with me.  

What happens in the first session?

Once you make contact with me, you will be asked to attend one or more assessment sessions, where you can discuss what has brought you to therapy, your personal circumstances, hopes and expectations. This initial session(s) will provide the space for you and I to decide together whether this type of therapy is right for you and whether you wish to continue working together. It is worth keeping in mind that it can be difficult to talk about sensitive matters with a professional that you have just started working with, however this can get easier as you build a therapeutic relationship. If at the end of the assessment, you wish to find a different therapist, you can be honest about this and I will understand.

 How long will I need therapy for?

Different people choose to engage in therapy for different amounts of time. As a Counselling Psychologists I am able to offer short term and long term therapy. This is something that you can discuss together in the assessment sessions and also throughout therapy. Ultimately you are free to stop therapy whenever you like, although it is often more helpful to agree and plan an end to therapy together.

 What happens to the information I share with my therapist?

The information that you share with me in your sessions will be kept confidential. However, there may be times when a psychologist is legally obligated to share information with other professionals. This can happen if a client discloses information that places themselves or someone else at serious risk. In rare cases such as these, I will endeavour to inform you prior to breaking confidentiality.

 What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

CBT is a therapeutic approach which explores how a person’s thoughts can affect their behaviour and how they feel. Understanding how thoughts, behaviour and emotions can interact with each other can aid a person to make changes, both in the way they think about things and in the way they respond to them.

CBT is focussed on ‘here and now’ difficulties that are experienced in the present. However, CBT can also take into account how our past can shape our current thinking. A CBT practitioner takes a collaborative approach and clients may be asked to complete tasks between sessions. This type of therapeutic approach is most suitable for clients seeking short-term therapy.

 What is Psychodynamic Therapy?

Psychodynamic therapy is a therapeutic approach which explores how the past can affect a person’s present ways of thinking/coping/relating with others in the world. The aim of psychodynamic therapy is to aid a client to gain insight and awareness into their unresolved issues which stem from their past experiences.

A psychodynamic practitioner usually adopts a non-directive stance and clients are encouraged to bring to the sessions whatever is relevant to them at that point. This type of therapy, in many cases, is most suitable for clients seeking long-term therapy (longer than six weeks).

 What is Person-Centred Therapy?

Person-centred therapy is a therapeutic approach which aims to value a client’s experience in a non-judgemental and empathic way. A goal of person-centred therapy is to aid the client to reach their full potential.
Person-centred therapy neither specifically focuses on the past or present, instead it allows the client to turn the focus on what is important to them. A person-centred practitioner takes a non-directive role and clients are valued as the director and expert of their own experience. This type of therapy can be appropriate for both short-term and
long-term therapy.

 What is Mindfulness?

The aim of mindfulness is to connect the mind to the present moment, paying attention to present thoughts, feelings and sensations, which may have been previously out of awareness. In doing so it moves the attention away from the past and future. Mindfulness can also be used as a way to approach everyday events and the more one practices grounding their mind in the present moment, the easier it becomes. Mindfulness comes from eastern philosophies and is rooted in meditation practices.

A practitioner of mindfulness would facilitate clients in their meditation, providing gentle and non-judgemental guidance. This type of therapeutic practice can be appropriate for both short-term and long-term therapy.

 How do I pay?

You can pay for each session by cash or cheque at the end of the session. You will be given a receipt if you require one.