From home, in a room dedicated to that purpose. I do my best to ensure that it is quiet and comfortable.
Although our initial session may involve my asking you more questions than usual, subsequent sessions will involve you taking the lead and talking to me about what is uppermost in your mind. If you happen to be very shy or unconfident, I will of course encourage and support you in enabling you to find your own voice.
This is entirely up to you. Although it’s sometimes possible to resolve a nagging doubt in one session, it’s more usual for the work to take as long as it takes.
Should you decide to leave after a short time, I would ask that you allow for a final ending session. This gives us the opportunity to look at what you may have found helpful, or not. Unfinished business has a habit of biting back!
You may find yourself thinking about a session, between one and the next, or you may be someone who likes journalling or noting down your dreams. I don’t prescribe, and would prefer things to evolve organically from our conversations.
I don’t work with substance abuse. If you are committed to therapy, then I would suggest that the detox and rehab aspects of your process are attended to first.
I will make a note of any relevant medication at our first meeting, and it may be something that comes into our dialogue as a subject for discussion.
The best thing to do is contact me. Every circumstance and person is different, and what you want to deal with is specific to only you. We will have an introductory chat on the ‘phone and then use the initial meeting to plan a way forward from that meeting.
Psychotherapy is a ‘Talking Cure’ that allows you to express your feelings in a safe, confidential environment so that you can gain insights into obstacles in your mental and emotional life. Based on personal interaction with your therapist, who is objective, non-judgemental and objective, psychotherapy affords you the opportunity to identify changes to your thought and behaviour patterns that will enhance your well-being.
Yes, it is. Whatever is discussed in a therapy session is confidential.
The first meeting usually lasts an hour and a quarter, which gives us time to get a sense of one another, and to decide if we wish to take the work further, and subsequent sessions are fifty minutes long.
No. You may select psychotherapy for yourself if you feel blocked, find yourself repeating unhelpful patterns or behaviours or feel that you need better ways to cope with certain situations. Psychotherapy is about improving your mental and emotional well-being and helping you feel your best.