Frequently asked questions
Q. How do I choose a therapist?
A. Finding the right therapist is crucial to the therapeutic process. Do always check that they are qualified and have had a rigorous academic training. Reputable psychotherapists will be registered with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and/or the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Chartered Counselling Psychologists should be registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health Professions Council (HPC) (Registering bodies for Chartered Counselling Psychologists).
But most importantly, you need to feel that the therapist is open to your experience and listens to you respectfully, with kindness and compassion. This doesn’t mean that the therapist has to agree with everything you say: a good therapist will be respectful but, at appropriate times, will also challenge you. See if you begin to experience some change within a month of starting therapy.
Q. Can I meet with you before deciding to proceed?
A. I always invite clients for an initial assessment session. This gives us the opportunity to meet and see if we are right for each other and able to work together. Assuming we are, we will then schedule further sessions.
Q. How long does a therapy session last?
A. A therapy session is 50 minutes.
Q. How often do I need to come for therapy?
A. Generally, we will meet once a week. We will agree a mutually suitable day and time that becomes your dedicated space, and I will reserve this session for you on a weekly basis. If more frequent sessions are required, or you need a more flexible arrangement, we can discuss this.
Q. How many sessions will I need?
A. This very much depends on your needs and the issues that you bring. Therapy is open-ended and reviewed periodically to address your needs. Therapy can last from just a few sessions to a couple of years.
Q. I want to end my therapy sessions – what should I do?
A. You are free to end your therapy sessions at any time, but please give notice of at least a couple of sessions. This is so we have a chance to review our work together and say goodbye. However, where possible, a longer planned period to address issues arising from an ending is considered beneficial to the therapeutic process, especially in longer-term work.
Q. What if I need to cancel or change a session time?
A. A week’s notice is required for any cancellations, so that the dedicated time kept for you may be offered to someone else that week. With advance notice, I will try and accommodate your needs and offer an alternative day and time if it is available.
Q. What can I expect from therapy?
A. I provide a safe and confidential space in which you can talk about whatever you choose – your thoughts, feelings, wishes, desires and any specific issues you choose to explore. My aim is to build a trusting and respectful relationship, and I will actively engage with – and explore with you – all your issues. This exploration will usually bring about a change in the way you begin to relate to yourself, others and the world.
Q. Where will the therapy sessions take place?
A. My main therapy practice is at Guildford Institute in Guildford, Surrey. My Central London practice is located in the Inner Circle of Regent’s Park.
I also offer therapy sessions by telephone and via Skype and this can be discussed if we have met initially, especially if distance is a problem.
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