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FAQs

   
WHAT HAPPENS AT AN INITIAL CONSULTATION?
The initial consultation provides us with time to explore your situation and concerns. It is an opportunity for us to think about the issues you want help with, your expectations of therapy, to discuss any queries you might have about therapy and to look at ways in which it could help you. There is, of course, no obligation to continue, but if we both agree that psychotherapy is the way forward, we will then discuss some practicalities of the therapy, such as: frequency, fees, absences, duration, etc.

WHAT ISSUES CAN I TALK ABOUT?
Anything that you feel relevant can be discussed within psychotherapy and counselling. Common issues that client's discuss include depression, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, isolation, loneliness, work related issues, bereavement, loss and a search for meaning.

IS IT CONFIDENTIAL?
Matters discussed in counselling will, in accordance with the UKCP Code of Ethics, the BACP Ethical Framework and the law, be confidential. However, I would be legally required to make contact with appropriate agencies if I believe you were a danger to yourself or to others and in certain other circumstances.
 
HOW LONG DOES THERAPY LAST?
Each session is of 50 minutes duration. Sessions are once or twice a week although a less regular frequency can be negotiated. Sessions will take place at the same time and in the same place every week.The length of the contract can be discussed and agreed together. Both open-ended and short-term contracts are available.Research has shown that many individuals derive a great deal of benefit from psychotherapy particularly if they are motivated and set realistic goals. However, like any other treatment or life experience, psychotherapy and counselling may not be suitable for everyone. The initial sessions help you consider this.

CAN I STOP THERAPY AT ANY TIME?
You have the right to terminate at any time. Exploring why you may feel psychotherapy and counselling may not be working is an important thing to discuss before deciding to stay or leave.

WILL IT HELP ME?
Many individuals derive a great deal of benefit from psychotherapy. However, like any other treatment or life experience, psychotherapy and counselling may not be suitable for everyone. The initial sessions help you consider this.
 
 
 
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