How Therapy Works?

The Course of Therapy: Psychological therapy typically starts with an assessment session where I aim to understand your problems from your perspective and how and why the particular difficulties have evolved.  We can then choose the most effective therapeutic approach to fit your needs. Throughout therapy together with you we’ll explore and make sense of your problems and develop a strategy with you to cope with your particular circumstances and finding a way forward for you. By the end of therapy, you’ll also gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your relationships.

Length of therapy: Sessions may vary in number and frequency according to your needs. You can choose from short-term brief, solution-focused therapies to long-term insight-based therapies. Accordingly, the therapy may be for an agreed length of time or we can leave the contract open ended. It is best practice to begin with an initial six sessions. At the end of this we can evaluate the situation and decide whether we will continue and how long.

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Therapeutic Relationship: No matter what therapeutic approach we agree on, my first priority is always to provide you with a non-judgmental relationship in a safe and confidential environment where you can share your issues and concerns with me openly.

Confidentiality: As a BPS Chartered Counselling Psychologist and a BABCP accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist I am expected to protect client confidentiality where possible. Hence you can be assured that I will not discuss information you share with me during your sessions with anyone else without your explicit consent. However, by law, there are a few instances in which I may have to reveal information disclosed during therapy. We will discuss confidentiality in more detail during the initial/assessment session.

Supervision: In line with the BPS /BABCP professional guidelines, I regularly receive clinical supervision in order to ensure that good therapeutic practice standards are maintained.