It’s usual to meet once a week. This allows you to experience a new view of the world
and for you to begin to notice changes. However, I am happy to be flexible and meet
your needs around your availability if weekly appointments are not possible.
However, the frequency of our sessions will have an effect on the efficacy of the
therapy. Sessions held at random intervals or long gaps in between will be less effective
than regular weekly 50 minute sessions at specified times.
How long will I need to be in counselling?
This depends on your wishes and your needs and is something we can discuss at the
beginning and review as counselling proceeds.
What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?
Counselling is usually shorter term and may be 6 - 20 sessions and it tends to focus
on a more immediate life issue for example, a particular relationship difficulty.
I would seek to help you talk about your situation, and to clarify your feelings.
Often the chance to talk to someone who is independent of your social circle and
who can offer a different perspective, is helpful in determining the best way forward.
Psychotherapy is usually longer term and can be several months to several years.
Most often a particular experience prompts the first contact: for example a bereavement,
a redundancy, abuse, intense anxiety, stress, panic attacks, anger or disappointment.
Yet people also come when they are not sure what has gone wrong, and may not have
the words to describe the trouble they are in. It is as if they have lost all confidence
and their self esteem has ebbed away.
A Psychodynamic counsellor/psychotherapist is trained to look beyond the presenting
issue to a possible underlying cause. We cannot change the past, but pain can be
made easier to bear with a process of listening and understanding ourselves.
Will I need to pay for the initial assessment?
Yes, the initial assessment is charged at the session rate.
What can I expect on my first appointment?
You can expect a safe, confidential place for you to talk, without fear of being
judged or told what to do. A space where you can talk about the issues that you want
to talk about and to ask any questions you may have about the therapy.
Will I be given advice on what to do?
Counselling and Psychotherapy is facilitative not prescriptive. The intention being
not to prescribe solutions but to assist you in examining your difficulties and the
choices you have for dealing with those difficulties. With confidentiality and respect
for your own perceptions of experience, you will be supported and guided towards
your own solutions.
The initial meeting is a chance for you to see if you feel you can work with me as
your therapist. A number of sessions may be agreed upon or possibly the time scale
is left open ended with a view to review in a set number of weeks. Counselling is
usually short term (6 to 20 weeks). Psychotherapy is longer and open ended with regular
reviews and can be several months to several years.