FAQs

All the things you wanted to know but were afraid to ask(!)…..scroll down for answers on the following:

  • Is therapy for me?
  • How does therapy work?
  • Psychotherapy and counselling- what’s the difference?
  • Do you work with specific issues?
  • Where and when do you work?
  • How much are sessions and how can I pay?
  • How often are sessions?
  • What will my first session be like?
  • What if I am unsure about starting therapy?
  • What training/qualifications do you have?
  • What does “an integrative, transpersonal psychotherapist” do?
  • Is our therapy confidential?
  • Are you insured?
  • What are the UKCP and BACP?

 

  • Is therapy for me?

Therapy isn’t solely for people in deep crisis. Therapy can provide the much needed space for you to explore, reflect and process your life (an emotional MOT so to speak).

I strongly feel that we can all benefit from hitting the pause button on our lives in order to take stock of where we are. Your weekly session is a great opportunity to do just that.

If you’d like to explore your life (past, present and future) with someone without judgement or agenda in a safe and confidential space, then therapy is for you.

  • How does therapy work?

Your therapy is about you and for you. It’s important that it serves your needs and this is something we will keep coming back to in our work together.

Most clients find giving an issue space and time within our unique therapeutic situation, allows for something new to emerge and for the current issue to shift. As your guide, or compass, I will pay close attention to how your outer world reflects, or not, your inner world, keeping one eye on the detail and the other on the bigger picture.

Therapy can provide you with a greater sense of well being and resilience to face the inevitable ups and down of life. It can help you lead a more fulfilling and rich life, closer to your true self. Through therapy you can discover things about yourself which you didn’t know or which you had forgotten or lost. It takes courage, curiosity and commitment.

  • Psychotherapy and counselling- what’s the difference?

Counselling is normally shorter term (say 3 to 6 months) focusing more on specific current life events, where as psychotherapy goes deeper into the issues over a longer period of time.

In terms of the way I work, there is no real difference. Everything is tailored to your needs including timescale.

  • Do you work with specific issues?

I’ve worked successfully with a wide range of issues including burn-out at work, domestic abuse, panic attacks, anger management, social anxiety, grief and depression (to name but a few).

I don’t prescribe to one specific area, preferring to work with what you decide to bring to therapy, thereby embracing the wide diversity of issues which can arise out of our varied lives.

  • Where and when do you work?

I currently have sessions available:

Mondays (2.30pm till late) City of London

Wednesdays (2pm till late) Bloomsbury, Central London (please note sessions currently available are 2.20pm, 3.30pm and 4.45pm)

Please see my locations and availability pages for more information.

  • How much are sessions and how can I pay?

All sessions are £60 each and last the standard 50 minutes.

You can pay with cash, cheque or credit/debit card at the end of the session or you can pay via bank transfer/standing order in advance.

  • How often are sessions?

Sessions are weekly; same day, same time, same place, same therapist (me)! Meeting each week helps us form a strong working alliance and creates a safe, secure and consistent space for our work together.

Obviously there will be times when both of us can’t make a session, say for a planned holiday, illness etc. and the terms of this will be agreed at the start of the therapy.

  • What will my first session be like?

Once you’ve made contact with me, we’ll arrange a short initial telephone call. I find a call is a good way for us to touch base and gauge where you’re at without the obligation of attending a face to face session. The call is free and you are under no obligation to proceed with therapy.

Depending on the outcome of our call, we may then arrange our first meeting.

This session will be held at one of the locations where I work from. All rooms I use for sessions are quiet and comfortable and dedicated to the sole use of therapy.

In our first session, we’ll assess what issues are going on for you (e.g. relationships, family, health etc) and I’ll gather some basic contact information too.  At the end of this first session, we’ll agree a way forward and cover any questions you may have.

After that we’ll meet every week for your sessions (with regular reviews along the way).

  • What if I am unsure about starting therapy?

First off, feeling hesitant is understandable and totally OK. Sometimes we need some time before taking that first step.

So what I would recommend, is for us to have an initial short telephone call so we can get an idea of where you’re at and for you to ask me any questions you may have. The call is free and you are under no obligation to proceed with therapy. From this we can agree a way forward which feels best for you right now.

Plus if you’re after a bit more background, I’d recommend checking out Starting out on my Resources page for some further information and maybe inspiration.

  • What training/qualifications do you have?

I am trained as an integrative, transpersonal psychotherapist (see below for a translation)!

I trained at CCPE (the largest training centre for Transpersonal psychotherapy in the UK).  My training lasted six years and during this, I  worked for various different charities as a counsellor/ support worker including Victim Support and Mind. As well as seeing clients privately, I have worked as a volunteer counsellor at a women’s centre in Kingston since early 2014.

The official qualification I have is a diploma in counselling and psychotherapy. This diploma is accredited by the BACP and UKCP (see below for info on these two organisations).  Plus I have a Certificate in the Foundations of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I am a registered member of BACP and a trainee member of UKCP (working towards accreditation come late 2018).

  • What does “an integrative, transpersonal psychotherapist” do?

I feel that the whole lingo which surrounds therapy isn’t very helpful and sometimes it’s just plain confusing.

So in short, “integrative” means I’ve been trained in lots of different types of therapy  (for example using Gestalt, person centred and psychodynamic techniques/theories), but the main guiding approach to my work is transpersonal.

What this means for our work together, is that I have lots of different techniques in my therapy tool kit so your therapy can be designed around your needs.

As a transpersonal psychotherapist, I recognise the spiritual dimension of our work. It’s about experiences or views which go beyond the ordinary. This can include gaining inspiration and guidance from our dreams, imagination and intuition. This for me isn’t about religion (it can be but doesn’t have to be). There certainly won’t be any preaching from me! Our work together won’t come across as overtly spiritual, for me the transpersonal is at a more subtle level and it will emerge along side different explorations.

For me spirituality is the sense of us all being connected to one another as part of a bigger universe.  I believe that we are more than just the sum of our parents/origins and that we come into this world as highly individual souls with lots of different qualities (e.g. courage, wisdom, reliability etc.).  Sometimes these qualities can become blocked leading to problems in our lives, which can then lead us into therapy for support and exploration.

  • Is our therapy confidential?

Absolutely it is. Confidentiality is key to achieving safe and secure therapy. Abiding by the codes of conduct and ethics of BACP and UKCP (see below), the rare exceptions in regards to confidentiality are:

If I believe you are at risk of being harmed or harming someone else;

If I am compelled by an order of the Court; or

If, after gaining your consent, I need to share details of our work with third parties (such as your GP).

If these circumstance occur, then I will make every effort to discuss the matter with you first.

Please consult my additional resource page on confidentiality for further information.

  • Are you insured?

Yes, I have professional indemnity insurance with Towergate Insurance.

  • What are the UKCP and BACP?

So time for a bit more lingo…

UKCP stands for the UK Council for Psychotherapy

BACP stands for the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

These are the two main bodies which help self-regulate, train and educate psychotherapists and counsellors in the UK. I am a registered member of BACP and a trainee member of UKCP (working towards accreditation come late 2018).

In order to maintain my membership to either organisation, I have to meet certain criteria including client hours, supervision cover and continued professional development, as well as comply with each of these bodies’ ethical frameworks (UKCP’s and BACP’s ).

 

 

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