Frequently Asked Questions
What does a typical session look like?
The first appointment will be an initial assessment lasting 50 minutes. During this time we will gather information about why you’re presenting to therapy, any difficulties you’re currently facing, a historical and family background, as well as your hopes for therapy. From this we will have a better understanding of the issues we’re working with and which therapeutic approach is best. We can then proceed with standard sessions on a weekly basis. It’s usually best to stick to the same date and time for each session.
How long will I need to be in therapy?
Therapy can be as long or short as needed, depending on the individual’s circumstances. Short to medium therapy can be anything from 4 to 16 sessions. Longer term therapy may be several months long. This is something that will be discussed after the assessment process. There is no obligation to remain in therapy if you are not finding it beneficial, therefore you can end at any time. However, planning your ending is an important part of the therapeutic process, therefore I would recommend giving ample time in order to do this well.
How does Premarital Counselling work?
Premarital Counselling has become increasingly popular over the past few years - not just for couples about to form a legal partnership, but also for couples who are looking to transition to the next stage of commitment within their relationship. Premarital counselling is typically short-term (2-4 sessions) and involves working through specific topics/questions that are relevant within the relationship. The first session will be an assessment, and subsequent sessions will have a focused discussion and exploration on topics such as Finances, Communication, Intimacy, Family expectations etc.
How does online therapy work?
Thanks to technological advances, the demand for online therapy is growing rapidly. There may be scheduling or geographical reasons that make attending a physical appointment difficult, which is where online therapy comes in handy. It works in a similar way to face-to-face therapy, with the exception being you can access this from the comfort of your own home. All you will need is some privacy, a computer or phone with webcam facilities and a stable internet connection. Sessions remain confidential and secure and will not be recorded.
Individual therapy fees are £125 per session and £150 for couples therapy. I am registered with AXA, Aviva, Cigna, Bupa and WPA health insurance providers should you wish to access therapy via this route.