FAQs

It is normal to have a few questions before starting therapy. I hope this section will address some of them. If not contact me directly and I will be happy to help.

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What is Therapy?

Sometimes we need support to make a change and it can really help to talk to someone and see our lives from a different perspective.

Psychotherapy, Counselling and Behavioural Therapy are forms of talk therapy but can include other methods of communication such as brainstorming, journaling, worksheets, role-play, dream work, art, bodywork, mindfulness and breathing techniques.  The focus is on helping you feel supported and learn more constructive ways to deal with the issues and stresses in your life. 

What do you speacialise in?

I am trained in psychotherapy, counselling, CBT and behavioural therapy, stress management and relaxation, therapeutic life coaching, mindfulness, and meditation.

My areas of interest include all relationships, parental and family issues, non-traditional relationships, LGBT, gender identity, sexual issues, grief and loss, career issues and stress, conflict, bullying, body image, self-esteem and confidence, anxiety, depression, phobias, loneliness, and emotional difficulties.

If you have a problem that is not included here contact me and we can discuss it.  I am familiar with many schools of therapy, coaching and personal development so I may still be able to help you or even refer you to another therapist who might be more appropriate for your needs.

 

What should I expect on the first appointment?

As the first appointment can seem a little formal, two strangers meeting for the first time to assess each other, it can be different to the following sessions.  Over time you will hopefully grow more comfortable working with me.

I offer the option of a free 30 minute consultation session if you would like to discuss whether therapy is for you and meet with me before deciding whether to go ahead. 

 

When I start working with clients I usually require that you work with me for 6 - 8 weeks initially.  After that we can review how we are getting along.

What are the benefits of therapy?

By talking with a trained professional you will begin to gain a deeper understanding of who you are and why you are this way.  You may find ways to deal with the demanding pressures of everyday life and feel more confident facing difficult situations.

My focus is on promoting a healthy life by helping people work on stress management, mental wellbeing, self-acceptance, self-awareness and emotional health in a holistic way. 

Is there a difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

Both counselling and psychotehrapy are talking therapies and overlap in many ways. 

Counselling is usually shorter term, quite structured and looks at patterns of behaviour or a specific situation, helping the client take steps to address the problem.  

Psychotherapy, or therapy for short, tends to be longer term and draws insights from the unconscious.  It brings about awareness of emotional difficulties and understanding your feelings and works on the root of the problem and underlying issues.

A psychotherapist is trained to offer counselling and tends to study for a minimum of three years.  Someone who solely studies counselling may not necessarily have studied psychotherapy and the training can be over a shorter timeframe. 

Both are very effective and an integrative therapist will usually use both styles in the course of the therapy.

Is it expensive?

Most therapists offer a sliding scale based on your circumstances and the type of therapy provided  Many have a number of places reserved for low cost counselling and may also offer discounts if payment is made in bulk or the work is long term.

It is best to contact the therapist to enquire about their rates.

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How do I apply for Low Cost Counselling?

As all of our circumstances are different I reserve a number of my appointments for low cost counselling.  There are limited places so please mention that you are looking for reduced cost counselling when you contact me. 

Weekday evenings are a therapists busiest time so there can be a waiting list for low cost sessions during this time. 

How many sessions will I need?

There is no definitive answer to this question.


Ultimately this depends on you; what you hope to achieve, what brings you to therapy, how comfortable you feel working with me and what style I use. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Stress Management tend to be shorter term therapies than other styles.

You may attend for a short time to address pressing issues and then leave when you feel those matters are resolved. Or you may decide to continue on an open ended basis and explore your concerns and patterns in more depth.


Initially I propose working together for 6 - 8 weeks. It will give us a better idea of what to work on and assess if the therapy is of benefit to you. After the initial few weeks we can review how it is going and decide how to proceed.

What about confidentiality?

Confidentiality is of the utmost importance and all information disclosed to me is treated as confidential. Even the fact that you are seeing me is confidential. However, in exceptional circumstances, confidentiality may be broken, where I have a legal obligation to ensure your safety and the safety of others.

If any of these circumstances should arise, I will endeavour to discuss fully with you what may need to be done.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you need to cancel an appointment please call me on 083 853 2459.

If you do need to cancel or reschedule your appointment please note there is a 3 day cancellation policy.  A cancellation fee will be incurred for less than 3 days notice.

In the event I have to cancel for any unforeseen circumstance I will contact you as soon as possible and reschedule.

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