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Questions About Therapy – common questions and answers

Here are some of the common questions that people have about therapy.

Can I get therapy for a friend or relative?

Usually this isn’t possible. A person cannot be ’sent’ for counselling or psychotherapy. They must wish to use the service and make the approach themselves. By all means, pass on my contact details but do encourage a direct approach by the person who needs the help if at all possible.


Do I have to lay on a couch?

In a word, no.  Therapy can take place in lots of different ways in lots of different settings, and most of those don’t involve a couch.  Whilst there’s aways room for individual needs and adaptations, we’ll probably spend most of the time sitting on regular chairs or sofas.


Does therapy work for everyone?

Therapy doesn’t work for everybody. It is not a universal cure-all. Because you may be talking about very personal and often painful things, it can sometimes be difficult to keep going. Despite this, it is often worth the effort as you can be helped to work through problems.


How do I start therapy?

Deciding to get help can be a difficult process in itself, but what happens then?  It can feel difficult to how to start therapy, so I’ve tried to make things clear.

  1. The first thing to do is contact me to arrange an assessment session.  At this stage you won’t have to go in to the details, but I will ask you to give me a brief description of your issues.
  2. We will then arrange a time for you to come in and meet with me for an assessment session which will last about 50 minutes.
  3. At the end of your assessment session we will talk about the next steps.


How long is each session?

Sessions usually last for 50 minutes.  This can be negotiated if you have specific needs.


How long will it take?

Therapy can be just a few sessions and sometimes even one session may be enough.  It may continue over several weeks or months.  This depends on your individual situation.  We will discuss this both before and during your course of therapy.


How much does therapy cost?

To find out how much therapy will cost please see the fees page.


How often will I have therapy sessions?

Usually we will meet for a therapy session once a week, however this can vary depending on your needs and will be discussed with you before we start working together.  It might also happen that we agree to vary this throughout your course of therapy.


What happens in the assessment session?

When you have decided that you want to start therapy, we will arrange an assessment session.  This will last for about 50 minutes, and I will be asking you about yourself and the issues you are experiencing.  You will also be able to talk to me about any concerns you might have, and ask any questions.

At the end of the assessment session, we will talk about the next steps.  If we both agree to start therapy then we can arrange dates and times etc., but if you want some time to think about it then that’s OK too.  Coming for an assessment session doesn’t tie you in to anything, and if you decide that you don’t want to start therapy, that’s also OK.

Please note that assessment sessions are not free, please see the fees section for more information.


Will I become dependent on therapy?

The goal of therapy is increased self-awareness, skill acquisition and independence.  During therapy, you may develop some feelings of dependence or need which may last for some time.  Although a normal reaction, it can at times feel worrying, but I am genuinely interested in helping clients make progress.


Will I feel better straight away?

Usually it will take several sessions before therapy starts to make a difference.  However on rare occasions, a single session may be enough.

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