It can be really tricky trying to work out what kind of therapy is best suited for us. Even more so, what type of therapist to go for. Older? Younger? Male? Female? A similar ethnicity or background to us or not? Then there are the geographical and financial constraints to consider.
Here are some suggestions, offered as a set of FAQs to help you work out whether my services are right for you.
What kind of therapy should I have?
Two factors you may like to consider:
The manner in which an individual therapist and their approach “speaks” to you. Have a look at my How I Work page.
Information on what kind of treatment plan would best suit you. This is particularly important if your mental health issues are affecting your ability to function in your day to day life.
How much therapy will I need?
The number of sessions you need varies with each individual. At our first meeting we will work together on a plan that meets your needs.
What sort of qualifications should my therapist have?
Generally speaking if your therapist is a member of one of the main regulatory bodies (the BACP, UKCP, or BPS) they will have fulfilled the minimum standards to practice as a mental health practitioner.
What appointment slots would you be able to offer me, how soon can I get an appointment and how much will it cost?
I see private clients Monday to Friday, mostly midday and evenings, so as to suit your work and life commitments.
I can usually offer you an appointment within a week of contact.
My mission is to offer an affordable service. I charge a (reduced) initial consultation fee of £40. The consultation is 50 minutes long. For more information about fees, please have a look at my Location/Fees page.
What’s the best way to make contact and book an appointment?
The quickest way to contact me and book appointments is via email or text (07804197605).
What happens in the initial consultation session?
In the first session we will develop a rapport, and develop a plan on how to tackle your situation.
What happens after the consultation session?
If you are happy to continue working together on some of the areas we’ve discussed in your consultation session, it might be useful to fill out a couple of brief assessment forms before we next meet.
There are Five Factors to look at on the form which correspond to the 5 factors I consider to be essential for any form of therapy designed to make a real change in our lives. We’ll decide in our consultation session if filling in these forms would be helpful for you in clarifying the direction you’d like your therapy to take.
Is everything I tell you in our sessions confidential?
All communication between us, both in and out of session, is absolutely confidential. I might need to refer to our work together for in my professional supervision sessions, which are mandatory as a therapist. If I am worried that you might harm yourself or somebody else, I may need to to contact family members or other people designated by you who can assist us.
Do you offer sessions over Skype?
Yes, I do offer Skype sessions in special circumstances, but also believe that face-to-face as opposed to face-to-screen work is always more effective and connective.