How many sessions will I need?
I recommend an initial contract of six sessions and then at the fifth session we will talk about how or whether to continue. You might wish to extend the contract for another six weeks or continue to see me in an open-ended way for longer but it is entirely based on your needs as every therapeutic relationship is unique so there can’t be a fixed timeframe. The key point is that you’re in charge, I’m just a guide to help you on your journey.
Why are sessions once a week ?
Counselling and Psychotherapy require a commitment to regular weekly sessions. Most people come to therapy seeking to change deeply rooted patterns which are making them unhappy. Change requires us not only to understand what may be disturbing or limiting us, but it also involves experiencing our feelings and exploring new ways of being. Regularity and frequency of sessions builds the safe supportive ‘container’ for change to take place.
What’s the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counselling is usually used to describe shorter-term work and often focuses on a single issue (a bereavement for instance) or a set of issues, whilst Psychotherapy is particularly useful for longer-term work in which you might want to explore aspects of yourself in greater depth.
What is your approach to confidentiality?
All information you disclose to me is treated as strictly confidential. As a BACP member, I abide by a strict code of ethics which requires that the content of each session be held in confidence between us. However, I’m required to attend regular supervision, where my client work is reviewed with a qualified and accredited psychotherapy supervisor. Client anonymity is adhered to at all times and nothing about my work will be disclosed beyond that setting.
“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending”C.S. Lewis