What to expect: Frequently asked questions

Referral process

How do I refer myself for therapy?

You can refer yourself directly by making an enquiry. It is usually helpful to start with a brief, no obligation, phone call (for which there is no charge) where we can discuss the problems you are experiencing and consider the appropriateness of psychological therapy. If I think I can help with the issues you are bringing and it feels like a ‘good fit’ from your point of view, then I will offer you an initial assessment appointment (90 mins) to explore the issues in more detail and agree a treatment plan (based on your specific goals and budget).

How long will I have to wait for an appointment?

It will usually be possible to offer you an assessment appointment within 7-14 days of your initial contact. This will obviously be dependent on factors such as your work/domestic commitments and my own case load.

What happens in the initial assessment?

This is an opportunity for us to explore your difficulties in more detail, develop a shared understanding of what is troubling you and consider how psychological therapy may help. I may give you some questionnaires to fill in which will give me some further information about the difficulties you are experiencing. We will talk about your hopes and expectations for therapy and agree a treatment plan based on your goals and the changes you wish to make.

Therapeutic process

How long is a therapy session?

Therapy sessions are 1 hour (but can be 90 minutes for EMDR) and usually take place weekly or fortnightly at first, becoming less frequent as you progress. 

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What can I expect from my therapy sessions?

We will work as a team towards improving your situation and review our approach regularly. I will help you understand how your problems have developed and what is maintaining them, as well as introducing you to a range of evidence-based strategies to help you make positive changes and support your recovery. I will support you to actively apply your new learning/coping skills outside therapy, as research shows that people who practice news ways of behaving between sessions, have the most positive therapeutic outcomes.

How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions you need depends on the nature of your difficulties. Short-medium term work is most common (e.g. 4-6 sessions or 6-12 sessions over several months). For longstanding issues, it may help to work over a longer period but with less frequent sessions e.g. 20 sessions over a year.

In general, the more you apply the methods outside the sessions, the fewer sessions you will need.

Practicalities

Do you accept GP referrals?

I am happy to accept referrals from GPs, healthcare professionals and agencies acting on behalf of clients. If you would like to discuss a possible referral, please email or phone me.

What days do you work and do you offer evening/weekend appointments?

I offer daytime appointments on Tuesday and Fridays between 9.30am-3pm. Unfortunately, I am unable to offer evening or weekend appointments.

Do you offer sessions online?

Yes, I am experienced in offering therapy and supervision online via Zoom, MS Teams (secure video platforms) and telephone. I am currently offering this service to ensure safe working with clients during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Reach out

If you have a question that is not answered here, please do use my contact form or give me a call.

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