Frequently Asked Questions

What is Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy?

Integrative therapists train in a number of different skills, ideas and key theoretical modes which they then tailor according to the individual needs of the client and the specific issues that they bring to the therapy room. This approach is rooted in the belief that every person is different and that counselling needs to reflect this.

As an integrative therapist, I believe that no two people are the same and therefore my work with you will be in response to you as a unique individual. The way that we work together will develop from our discussions and will be based on my response to your stated needs and wishes as well as my own professional judgement. I also believe that no matter how we work together, it is the therapeutic relationship that is of greatest importance.

What Happens When I Get in Touch

When you contact me, we will arrange an initial meeting to discuss your situation and what brings you to counselling. It may be that you're not entirely sure what your issues are and what you want to achieve from therapy. Please do not worry about this. Some people know exactly what they want from counselling, while others only know that they need to speak to someone who is not part of their family or circle of friends. This first meeting is also an opportunity for you to ask me about my background and the way that I work and for you to make sure that you feel comfortable with me. If either of us decides that I am not the right person for you, then I am happy to refer you to someone else or discuss other options.

How Many Sessions Will I Need to Have?

I offer short term counselling of around six to twelve sessions and longer-term work which may be open-ended. Short term counselling focuses on a specific problem, such as a major life event and for some people this is sufficient to resolve the particular issue that has brought them to see a therapist. For others, longer-term therapy which is a deeper exploration of their situation is more useful. Without starting to work together it isn't possible to predict exactly how many sessions you will need. However, at our initial meeting we will agree on an ideal time frame. We can then review this time frame at any point during the work, depending on how we feel we are progressing.

How Much Will It Cost?

INDIVIDUALS: My fees for individuals can be discussed during a telephone or email enquiry. I have a small number of reduced cost places for individuals who are unable to meet the usual fee.

COUPLES: My fees for couples are between £110 and £260 for a 50-minute session depending on time of day and location.

What are your times/availability?

I offer early morning, daytime and evening appointments from Monday to Friday. My first session starts at 8.00am and my last session starts at 8.00pm.

What Can Therapy Help With?

Here's a link to the BACP website and a list of issues that can be helped by therapy:

What Happens Next?

Counselling offers a space for you to talk about your thoughts and feelings in an environment where you will not be judged and where you may find yourself able to talk more freely and perhaps discuss and explore things in a way that might not be possible with your friends and family.

But taking the first steps to see a therapist can be daunting and confusing. Even though you are searching for a counsellor right now you may still find yourself wondering whether therapy is right for you.

If you are unsure then the best thing to do is to come for an initial session (75 minutes) to get a sense of what it feels like to talk to me. During that session we can discuss together whether I am the right person for your needs.

If you would feel more comfortable speaking to me on the phone before arranging a session then you are welcome to call me on 07966 396199 or email me to arrange a brief telephone conversation to talk through your concerns.

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