Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need therapy?
Sometimes we feel in life that we have come to a stop, or continually bump against walls. We may feel that we feel forced to act in ways that make us feel uncomfortable. We may feel depressed and unmotivated. These may all be indications that therapy might be helpful. Ultimately, it may be worth trying, to see if it engenders a shift in your life.
Why do you suggest an initial assessment session?
The initial meeting is an opportunity for you to explain why you have come to therapy and for me to make sure I am the right person to help. I will say if I think we can work together, or I may refer you to another therapist if I think they may be more suitable.
How long with therapy last?
I offer short-term and long-term therapy, which means that it can take anything from a few weeks to a year, two years, or more. We can discuss what may be the best approach when we meet.
Can I contact you directly?
Yes. There is no need to seek a referral from your GP or any other agency.
Will my therapy be completely confidential?
Yes, psychotherapists are bound by a duty of confidentiality. The only exception to this is where you express a serious intention of harming yourself or harming others, or if you may be a risk to children. We can discuss what this might mean in our therapy sessions.
How do I know if you are any good?
Whether psychotherapy is any good or not depends on the therapeutic relationship, that is, the relationship between yourself and your therapist. You should be able to trust and feel safe with your therapist. If you do not, it may be a sign that the relationship isn’t working. Not all psychotherapeutic relationships work. That doesn’t mean that therapy is pointless, just that you may need to seek help with another therapist.
How do I know whether to ask for mindfulness therapy or psychoanalytic psychotherapy?
There is no easy answer to this. We can discuss whether different approaches or techniques may suit you at different times.
Can I leave at any time?
Yes. It is entirely up to you if you want to leave therapy.