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Frequently Asked Questions

What type of issues do you deal with?

 Abuse, Adoption, Ageing , Anger Management, Anxiety/ Panic Attack,Aspergers, Assertiveness, Bereavement/Grief, Coming Out, Compulsive Behaviours (Sex, Gambling, Spending, etc), Cross Dressing, Cultural Issues, Relationship Skills, Depression, Divorce, Emotional Growth & Development, Gender Identity, Health, Homophobic Bullying, Identity Concerns, Life Coaching, M.E./ Glandular Fever/ Tiredness, Organisational/Life Management, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Post Traumatic Stress,Religious Conflicts, Self Esteem/Confidence, Shame/Guilt, Stress Management, Transgender, Trauma, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues.

What happens during a consultation session?

The session lasts for 1 hour. During this time we will discuss what you want from therapy and how you can achieve this. It also gives you the opportunity to ask me any questions about how I work. In the consultation session I will also be able to gain an impression of your background and your present situation so I can have a clear idea of whether I could be helpful to you. At the end of the session I will make some suggestions for you to consider, in terms of what I think may be the best way for you to meet your goals, with me or perhaps elsewhere. We may, at this point, agree to work together, or you may decide to have some time to think, or for me to suggest other options.

Is it confidential?

Yes, all information is regarded as confidential. If there were exceptional circumstances where this might not be the case, for example if you were a risk to yourself or to others then I might be ethically required to contact your GP - but I would discuss this step with you first. In practice, breaking confidentiality is a rare event.

What type of therapy is best for me?

This is a question we would discuss during the consultation session, and very much depends on what you want and how best it can be provided.

Would I attend weekly?

I usually prefer new clients to come regularly to start with. If I feel fortnightly or less regular working is not going to help you meet your goals, I will tell you this and ask you to consider coming more regularly.

How many sessions will it take?

This depends on what you want to get out of the sessions, and how deep-seated the issues are. If you want to work on present issues, and they are not particularly deep-seated then therapy is likely to be relatively short-term. Where there are more painful childhood issues that still affect you significantly and you want to address these, then therapy is likely to be longer-term. We all have some issues from childhood, but some of us have deeper wounds than others.

Do you have any reduced cost sessions?

Some are available for those who are unemployed or on a low income. Please contact me for further details.

When could you see me?

Generally within a week, and sooner if you can come during the day. If I am busy and there is a waiting list, I am happy to help you find someone else if you don’t want to wait.

What is the difference between short-term and long-term?

Short-term counselling (or brief therapy) is usually interpreted as anywhere between six weeks and several months. Long-term therapy is usually at least a year, and often several years. This doesn’t mean that it will be a long time before you notice any positive changes. Therapy is a process in which there can be discoveries, insights, and positive steps forward in your relationship with yourself and your view of the world.

Will you be able to help me?

I will have a clearer idea of this after the consultation session when I know more about your background, your present situation, and your expectations of therapy. After that first session you will also have a clearer idea of how helpful I am likely to be to you.

Will I have to reveal everything about myself?

Trust is an important part of the therapeutic process. For some people especially so, if early relationships in life have been untrustworthy. Learning to trust could then be a useful therapy goal in itself. As trust builds up in therapy you are likely to reveal more about yourself, and discover more. But the therapy sessions are yours and you have a right to take things at a speed with which you can cope.

Do I need a referral from my GP?

This is not usually required.

*Please note that unless there is 24 hours notice of cancelation, the full fee is payable.












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