This will be carefully assessed at your initial consultation. Sometimes more than one appointment is needed in order to get a full picture. Your individual situation, wishes and anxieties are discussed before a joint decision is made to continue.
If necessary we can consider other possibilities together and, if we agree it would be helpful, I can refer you on to another agency or practitioner.
Usually I suggest an initial one hour consultation where you can tell me something about yourself and what has brought you to consider psychotherapy. It is helpful if you can be as honest as possible when describing what is troubling you. Also it will be important for you to get a sense for the way I work.
There will be time for you to ask questions and discuss any concerns you have. There is no commitment to ongoing therapy at this stage.
I will let you know whether I believe psychotherapy will benefit you, and you can take your time to decide whether it offers a way forward.
You will be making an arrangement to attend regular sessions at a time, or times, which are mutually convenient. For the process to work it is important that you are able to maintain this commitment.
Psychotherapy sessions are arranged for the same day and time each week. Weekdays, I work in the early evening. I can also offer weekend appointments. A session lasts for fifty minutes.
In a secure relationship with your therapist, you are encouraged to be as open and honest as possible.
You will be encouraged to bring whatever is on your mind. This means you can talk about whatever is relevant for you, and the conversation is open and exploratory. You will not be asked to talk about any area of your life where you are not willing or ready to do so.
The duration of your therapy will depend on your specific difficulties and what you want to achieve. It could be anything from a few months to over a year. It isn’t normally possible to be sure about this at the outset. It is something we can discuss and review as therapy progresses.
As a United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) member, I am bound by their code of ethics, which includes a commitment to client confidentiality. To ensure that professional standards are maintained, all UKCP registered psychotherapists are required to have their work professionally supervised. Your anonymity is respected, with no identifying information being shared during supervision.
It is common during therapy to feel stuck or hopeless about progress. This is a normal part of the work, as all sorts of feelings and thoughts are stirred up. Sometimes you might feel worse before you feel better. We would talk about these reactions and try to figure out what is going on.
A planned ending is a key part of the therapeutic process.
What is the difference between psychotherapy and counselling?
There is not a clear line between psychotherapy and counselling, but generally counselling is once weekly or less, the work may be short term and focused on a specific problem.
Psychotherapy may be once weekly or more frequent. For example, twice a week works well for some people. Others may come four or five times a week. The duration of psychotherapy may extend over months or years.
Analytic psychotherapists have undergone a long and rigorous training in order to treat complex difficulties and work in-depth and intensively when indicated.
Psychoanalytic and psychodynamic are terms which are used interchangeably. It means working with how you relate to others and also with your “inner world”, addressing the unconscious roots of feelings, thoughts and behaviour. Group Analytic thinking imbues psychoanalytic ideas with the ‘social’ environment into which we are born and contribute. This type of therapy aims for lasting improvement in the ways you think and feel in relation to yourself and others.
Analytic Psychotherapists hold a position of considerable responsibility towards their patients and their profession. The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy ensures its allied training institutions and its registered practitioners maintain the very highest standards.
How much does it cost?
My fee is £60.00 per session weekdays and £80 per session weekends.
I aim to respond to enquiries within 24 hours. Usually a first appointment can be booked within one week.
Phone 07591 299034