Frequently Asked Questions
Psychological therapy can be useful in helping many difficulties both common and complex, including anxiety, depression, trauma, interpersonal difficulties, and work-related stress. However, the range of difficulties that can be helped by psychological therapy are unending.
What is therapy?
It is not only our physical health that needs looking after but also our psychological health. Sometimes this is difficult to do by ourselves and we may need some help. However, sometimes it can be difficult to talk about our problems, because they feel painful or scary and we might worry about the reaction we will get from others. Therapy provides a space to talk about our difficulties in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment. It is a place where we can be listened to and empathised with, whilst also giving a space to reflect in an objective way, be constructive in our approach to difficulties and potentially learn different ways of coping with or tolerating our problems.
What therapy isn’t?
Therapy is not a magic wand…it won’t fix all our problems or make us permanently happy. Psychological and emotional difficulties are not like physical difficulties and therefore sometimes therapy will not even leave us completely symptom free. Life will still continue and we will continue to be faced with the usual ups and downs.
However, therapy does help us to become more robust and more resilient, feeling able to tackle those bumps in the road. Depending on your goals for therapy we may be focused on a specific “problem” and therapy may help with this significantly, however, sometimes it is about becoming more resilient.
What happens during a session?
Appointments typically last 55 minutes, unless pre-agreed, and typically on a weekly frequency. During early sessions we would discuss you, what has been troubling you, your history, strengths and your expectations. This then allows us to decide if therapy is right at this time and if we are the right therapist for you; then collaboratively agreeing realistic and achievable goals for the end of therapy.
If you decide not to continue with therapy at that point, there is no obligation to continue or I may be able to refer you to a suitable alternative.
The content of each session will vary depending on what type of therapy you are having, however, will typically involve a short check in at the beginning of each session followed by considering your difficulties therapeutically. I work in a dynamic and effective way, which means appointments tend to be focused, enabling you to reach your goals. I use a wide range of therapeutic styles, more information can be found in the service offered section.
Most therapies involve some sort of at home work between sessions. This helps you take whatever you have learnt within sessions and apply it to a real life setting, all in the safe knowledge that you can come back to your therapist and discuss what went well and what didn’t.
What can I expect from my therapist?
You can expect that at all times your needs will be first in your therapist’s mind. You can expect to be treated with dignity and respect at all times. We work to the highest ethical standards and would only recommend further therapy if there is a clear clinical need.
Are my sessions confidential?
All psychological therapy is confidential and it is up to you who you tell about your psychological therapy. This enables you to feel safe enough to open about your difficulties.
The only exceptions to this are if we are concerned about your safety or that of anyone else. Then we would have an obligation and a duty to care to take this information seriously. Our confidentiality process will be explained fully to you in the assessment appointment.
Who is therapy for?
Psychological therapy is generally useful for most people, however, not everyone and not all of the time. Being ready for therapy is the key to success when it comes to this. This means that you are ready to talk about the difficulties you have been having, even though this may be difficult to do, and ready to reflect on your own feelings, thoughts and behaviours (we will help you do this!). You also need to be ready to potentially consider thinking or doing things differently if you are to make the most for therapy. If you are considering therapy, think about what are your motivations for change?
What is your clinic room like?
We have done everything we can to create a warm, relaxing and safe clinic room. The room is located on the first floor of Greetwell Place and we have lifts for anyone who is unable to manage stairs.
Can I bring anyone with me?
We recognise that coming to therapy for the first time can be very daunting and that you may wish to bring along a partner or friend for support. You are welcome to do this and there is a comfortable waiting area for them. We would typically discourage bringing anyone into the actual therapy room for individual therapy as this can consciously or unconsciously impact on what you say and how honest you feel able to be (e.g. not wanting to worry them or hurt their feelings).
We are not able to have children or pets within the room during therapy due to legal reasons and as they may provide a distraction from the therapy content.