Frequently Asked Questions
What is it like to start counselling/psychotherapy?
The first session usually involves a process of getting to know you and understand what is bothering you or going on in your life. In the first session, your therapist might take notes, just because there is usually a lot of information. Also you might be asked questions to make sure your therapist gets a full picture of different aspects of your life. However, you should always feel free and comfortable with what you are sharing. It is very important therefore that you feel comfortable with your therapist, this is something you can usually tell quite quickly. The first 1 or 2 sessions should help you to decide whether the therapist will be a good fit for you.
People only go to a Psychologist if they have something really wrong with them, don't they?
In a word, no. Psychologists work with a wide range of issues and concerns. Counselling/psychotherapy, or "going to a shrink" as often referred to in the media, is something that anyone can benefit from. We all experience difficult points in our life or events that can leave us with unwanted feelings that we can't get rid of. Sometimes we get these types of feelings and we're not sure exactly what is causing them and feel stuck. This does not mean there is something "wrong", it means we are human. As a Psychologist, I aim to help people understand these issues, so that they are able to become unstuck by gaining a much greater awareness of themselves, their past expereinces and their feelings.
How long will I need to come?
This can vary and will be something that can be discussed in the first session. Some people find a few sessions very helpful to address specific issues, while others find that longer term work can really help to make lasting differences and changes in their lives. Often ways of relating to others and the resulting impact upon behaviour and perceptions of others have their origins in childhood and can take several years to modify.
What should I do in the sessions?
You should talk freely about anything that comes to mind or that has been causing you concern and have strong feelings about. This can involve discussing real events or dreams/day dreams. It can also be helpful to discuss how you experience the therapy process iteself.
How much does it cost?
I charge £50 for an assessment (which usually lasts 60-90 minutes). Ongoing charges can be negotiated at the assessment. Most clients I see pay between £50-£100 a session. The amount is based on income, to ensure that therapy is affordable. I would like therapy to be available to everyone, so please feel free to discuss your needs. There are some low cost spots available.