You may have come to a point in your life where things are too difficult to cope with. Perhaps you've tried speaking to friends and family, but feel no better. Maybe you don't feel able to talk to those around you for fear of being judged or misunderstood. This is where therapy can help.
We understand that making the decision to engage in therapy may feel daunting. We've included some information here which will hopefully answer some commonly-asked questions. If you don't find the answers you're looking for here then please feel free to contact us
What is therapy?
Therapy is a safe place to explore your experiences with someone who is not emotionally connected, and therefore impartial, to your situation. This can often make it easier for people to talk about their difficulties.
As much as people might like it to, therapy cannot change your situation. Instead, it aims to empower you to make the changes for yourself. As therapists (whether Counsellors or Psychologists) we are facilitators of change through exploration of your presenting issues; however, the motivation to change has to come from you, the client.
What is therapy not?
As therapists, we don't give advice on what we think you should do. We explore the presenting issues in order that you can decide on the next step(s) you wish to take.
How will you work with me?
We believe that the client is the expert of their own experience. We'll work with you to try and understand your issues from your perspective, without judgement. We may use different therapeutic approaches if we feel these would be an effective way of exploring your presenting issues.
What will we work on in sessions?
Much of this is guided by you. People come to therapy for a variety of reasons. They may have suffered a bereavement, or be having difficulties at work. They could be going through relationship issues, or experienced a traumatic event. This is why we recommend having an initial consultation before starting therapy.
What’s an initial consultation?
It's important that both yourself and your therapist feel you can work together. The initial consultation is your opportunity to discuss what you'd like to explore in your therapy sessions. It's the chance to see whether yourself and your therapist are a good "fit" for one another. You can book an initial consultation by going to the contact us page.
How long does each therapy session last?
Regardless of whether you work with Alan or Jo, each session lasts between 50 minutes and one hour. Each session will take place on a mutually agreed day and time.
How many sessions will I be offered?
We're able to offer both short and long-term therapeutic interventions. The duration may depend upon the issues you wish to address. Throughout our work, we'll review how you feel sessions are progressing and agree with you as to whether further sessions are appropriate.
What’s your availability?
We have availability to see clients for both evening and weekend appointments. Please contact us to discuss your individual requirements.
Are sessions confidential?
Any information that you discuss may only be shared outside of the sessions in exceptional circumstances. If you disclose that you, or someone known to you, may be at risk of harm then confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. Therefore, this information may need to be shared with a third party. Any disclosures of illegal activities by yourself, or someone you know, will need to be shared with the appropriate agencies.
To maintain ethical practice we attend monthly clinical supervision. Information relating to your sessions may be shared with our supervisors to support us with our practice. These supervision sessions are confidential, within certain limits, and more information is given in our therapy agreement which we ask clients to sign prior to working with us.