1) Is therapy confidential?
Everything that you disclose in therapy is confidential. There are however two limits to this. One is in the event I think that you or other people could be at risk. In these instances I will speak to you first about possibly needing to contact your GP or another organisation to ensure your safety and that of others. A further unavoidable limit, is that the therapeutic work will be discussed with a clinical supervisor who ensures that therapy is proceeding well.
2) What type of therapy will work for me?
Every person's experience is different, as well as their reason for engaging in therapy. In brief, the psychodynamic approach will help you explore how past relationships are affecting the way you relate to yourself and others at present. The CBT approach will help you learn strategies ans techniques for challenging your current thoughts and behaviours to produce an improvement in your mood. The attachment- based psychotherapy approach will explore how your relationship with your parental figures have influenced you and affected the way you see yourself and the world today.
3) What can I expect from therapy?
Therapy is a safe and confidential place where you can discuss what troubles you have and what changes you would like to make. You will be listened to without judgement and I will help you explore ways to reach a solution that you feel happy with. You should feel comfortable with me, if not you have the right to end therapy immediately. Therapy usually takes place once a week, at the same time and place. Sessions will last 50 minutes. For each session questionnaires will be completed which monitor your anxiety and depression levels and the impact of these on your current life.
4) Can I cancel sessions?
Yes. Sessions can be cancelled, however full payment will still be expected. Only when the therapist has cancelled sessions or is on holiday that payment is not required. If you cancel many sessions, regardless of payment, we may need to have a conversation about whether you want to continue therapy.
5) Is therapy painful?
Therapy will not harm you physically. In therapy you will speak about difficult experiences that may cause you to feel many painful emotions. However, evidence has shown that talking about things helps us to feel better. This is also something many people experience and often say.
6) When will therapy end?
The ending of therapy will be discussed and will depend on what therapy you want to engage in. CBT is usually brief, so the ending is discussed at least 4 sessions before the end. The psychodynamic and attachment- based therapy approaches go on much longer (lasting several years), so the ending will usually be discussed 2-3 months in advance. Should you feel uncomfortable in therapy at any point you have the right to end immediately.