People who want to change some aspect of their lives or better understand themselves could benefit from therapy. In therapy, a skilled professional creates a safe and supportive place for you to explore who you are, work on solving your problems, and build your strengths.
Therapy helps people cope with difficult life events such as divorce or loss of loved ones. It also helps them manage and overcome emotional and psychological issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, low self-esteem, or substance abuse. Furthermore, therapy helps people heal from deeply entrenched pain and long-standing problems resulting from abuse, trauma, and other debilitating circumstances.
The first therapy session gives us the opportunity to exchange information and learn about your needs. You can ask me questions about my approach to therapy, credentials, and experience; structure of therapy sessions; goals for your therapy; and anything else that comes to mind.
Our goal is to help you feel better, stronger, and more capable of solving your problems and achieving your goals. To this end, we will work together to identify and understand areas of your life that are causing you pain and distress. We will also work to help you develop ways of effectively coping with and alleviating these problems.
It may be difficult to talk about these matters, but we will work at your pace. You do not have to open up about things until you feel ready to do so. I will support you in this process and help you understand and deal with painful and difficult emotions, memories, circumstances, and problems.
Talking about your problems can be scary, and you may experience intense emotions. You may cry, become upset, or have angry outbursts during your sessions, but you will be in a compassionate setting – safe from criticism. Sometimes you may feel both physically and emotionally drained after a session. We will develop ways to help you cope with the physical and emotional affects of therapy.
The number of sessions per week and duration of your therapy depends on many factors including the following:
- Severity of your symptoms
- The kinds of situations you are dealing with
- The kinds of emotional or psychological problems you are experiencing
- Length of time that you’ve had the problems
- The level of stress you’re dealing with
- The degree to which your problems interfere with daily life
- The amount of resources and support from others
- Speed of your progress
- Cost and insurance factors
An individual’s circumstances play a large factor in the length of therapy. For example, a person going through a divorce may only need therapy for a few months to cope with this difficult life change. In contrast, a person who has suffered with depression and anxiety since childhood because of trauma and abuse will need considerably more therapy.
We will assess the factors and circumstances that caused you to seek therapy and discuss treatment options including length of therapy. Therapy is a fluid process that can be adjusted to meet your needs as we progress.
You should consider the therapist’s level of training, registration with professional bodies, experience treating clients with similar problems to yours, treatment approach, and communication style.
Another important factor to consider is whether the therapist is a good match for you. You want a therapist who understands you, is caring and empathetic, and has a personality you can relate to. The two of you will build a relationship in which you will share some of the most personal aspects of yourself and life. Therefore, it is important to choose a therapist who you like and feel good about and who likes and feels good about you.
The therapist’s fees, hours, location, and payment options may also influence your decision.
I provide individual therapy for adults as well as couples therapy for married people, domestic partners, engaged people, and other couples.
Everything we discuss in therapy is confidential, unless information is requested by court order.
Sessions for individuals last 50 minutes and are charged at £80 per session. Skype and phone sessions are also £80 per session.
Sessions for couples usually take place fortnightly, last 75 minutes and are charged at £120 per session.
Appointments that are cancelled one week in advance do not incur a fee.