Some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS):
You may feel apprehensive and slightly nervous about consulting a therapist and have many questions.
Below are just some of the questions (with answers) that you may have.
- Is therapy treatment for me?
Many people would like to try therapy for many of the problems and issues they face in their daily lives but are reluctant to take the first step to positively changing their lives. I offer a free confidential initial consultation where we will be able to decide if we can work together, discuss your issues and agree a programme of treatment designed specifically to help resolve your issues. I generally work with people I feel confident I can help. The therapies and approaches I specialise in have been researched, tried and tested over many decades. I can give no garuantees, but the help and therapy you receive will help you to make positive changes in your life.
A number of the clients I see are through word of mouth or referral.
During the initial appointment depending on what the issue is, we will be able to decide what is likely to work best for you.The treatment decided will be tailored to suit your needs.
- Counselling or Psychotherapy?
Counselling is based on listening. Sessions are usually unstructured. Counselling allows you to offload and be heard. Counselling usually explores how you feel in the present. Psychotherapy is based on analysing, looking for themes and patterns over a longer period and exploring why and how things happen. Sessions will usually be more structured and include some guidance, information, and interpretation. As well as being heard you will probably come away with a deeper insight and awareness.
Psychotherapy is usually for deeper or more complex problems. It is more of a past, present and future way of working. Counselling and Psychotherapy can and do overlap and my work is informed by both. I am skilled at knowing which to use and when. Not all clients will need deeper analysis, but sometimes counselling is not always enough.
Hypnotherapy is a type of psychotherapy – a day dream state in which therapeutic change can occur. The unconscious mind is accessed to give information and bring about positive change.
- What is the best treatment for me?
You may nave an idea of what you feel is best for you. There are several ways of dealing with an issue so this is one of the things we will go through during the initial consultation.
- How long will treatment go on for?
Most people will come for a few weeks or a few months (rather than years). Most treatment programmes will be for between 6 and 12 sessions. Psychotherapy treatment may last longer. Hypnotherapy can be a shorter treatment (1- 6 sessions) depending on the issues being dealt with.
Most people come weekly, some twice a week, some fortnightly. Some less often. Some people just attend once for an intensive session. An assessment of the duration of treatment will be carried out during the initial consultation.
- I am not local and it will not be easy to get to you?
I am experienced at working with people by telephone or email. Home visits can also be arranged (although there may be an additional charge for my travel time depending on the location).
- Can I get these treatments throughmy GP or NHS?
Your GP may refer you for treatment. Sometimes the NHS may pay for your treatment. It is advisable to consult your local NHS services.
- Will my details and treatment be treated in confidence?
All clients treatments and details, including any medical records are kept private and confidential. No family member, partner, GP, employer or other persons or organisation will know unless you choose to inform them. However, for legal or safety reasons your details my have to be given to an appropriate third party for example in the event that you are about to cause harm to yourself or others. I would inform and consult with you before taking such action.
- What is the best way of choosing a therapist?
- Make sure you feel comfortable with them.
- That they are professionally qualified (ask to see certificates if you are not sure), Belong to at least one of the well known professional organisations or governing bodies. You can always contact the professional body to check the person is who they say they are.
- Check that they have appropriate insurance.
- Ask whether they have any experience of treating the type of issue you have.
- Ask what they do to keep their knowledge up to date.
- A good therapist will not mind you asking these questions and will be pleased to take time to answer questions.
- Can you easily get to them ? is there parking / or do you need to walk somewhere where you may not feel safe (especially if visiting in the evening).
- Do they operate a mobile service?
- How can you pay ?
- Ask how soon you can be seen.
- Do you see clients in their homes or other venues?
I do offer this service,Yes. please ask when you contact me. Depending on where you are and want to be seen you may be asked to pay a little more to cover travel time.
- I am really interested in the services you offer. How do I get started?
Call or email me to book your initial consultation or first appointment or book online by completing the contact form with your enquiry and details of the service(s) you are interested in.
If you have other questions that are not listed above please do not hesitate to Contact me today for a chat, in confidence or to make an appointment!
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