Frequently Asked Questions
What happens in the first session?
The first session is about us meeting and to get a sense of how we might work together. It is really important that you feel the therapist is the right fit for you, as the relationship between the therapist and client is crucial. You need to feel comfortable with your therapist, and so this first session provides an opportunity to see whether you do and whether you would like to start having some therapy. We will have a chat to see how I may be able to help you and I'll take some personal details from you before we decide to start working together.
How many sessions will I need?
This really depends on the nature of the issue that you bring to therapy. Often people decide to start therapy to discuss one particular issue and the work evolves to include many areas of their life that they want to work through. Initially, I would suggest we meet for at least 6 sessions, by which time, we can decide whether longer-term work is needed. For some people, they can find that 6 sessions is enough to work through more straightforward concerns.
What happens if I cannot make a session?
I do require a minimum of 24 hours' notice if you are unable to make a session, otherwise I have to charge for the missed appointment. The reason I have to do this is because I pay a fee for renting the room for the time we are together.
Will what I talk about with you remain confidential?
I offer strict client confidentiality. What this means in practice is that everything you say to me will remain confidential with some very specific exceptions, which I will explain to you when we meet. In order to work safely and ethically in line with the BACP Ethical Framework, I may from time to time discuss themes of our work with my supervisor, but at all times, your name and personal details will remain private to ensure your privacy.