Answers to some questions you may have
What type of counselling do you offer?
I work as a psychodynamic therapist. This has its historical origin in Freud's work - it's derived from psychoanalysis, although the methods have changed and developed since then. It means working with you to understand the root cause of the difficulties you bring, which often lie in past experiences that are still playing out in your life. Psychotherapy involves conversations with a listener who is trained to help you make sense of things that are troubling you and work out what might be able to change. It is something you take an active working part in rather than something your are prescribed or given.
What is the difference between psychotherapy and counselling?
Often these two terms are used interchangeably. I like to describe counselling as more focused work over the short term on a specific issue. Psychotherapy aims for a deeper awareness of emotional issues that may have built up over a long period of time, helping you to look at the foundation of the problem. In our initial sessions I will discuss with you which approach may be the more helpful.
What can I expect?
Each session will last for 50 mins. Typically we will meet on the same day and time once-a-week. This consistency aims to induce a feeling of security and allows you to focus on what is on your mind. Clients are often surprised that the psychodynamic therapist does not lead or structure the session, offer advice or share their own experiences. Instead I will encourage you to speak about whatever comes to mind.
How will it help me?
Therapy is an individual and deeply personal matter. You may be seeking self-knowledge, self-acceptance or better ways to manage your life, your relationships or your emotions. You will be helped to identify and understand what is happening in your "inner world" and also to identify the things you would like to change. You might find, in time, that you are freer to live life to the full and to relate to and care for others better.
Is therapy suitable for everyone?
Psychotherapy and counselling can be suitable for many people and many do experience lasting change. At times though, other kinds of support may be more appropriate. We will discuss and establish this in our first sessions.
Why is the relationship between therapist and client so important?
It is recognised that the most important factor in the success of psychotherapy and counselling is the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist. Whilst it is important that you think about which mode of therapy you feel will be helpful, it is even more important that you feel a sense of connection with your therapist. As part of my training I underwent my own therapy so I understand the importance of this. This is why we meet for two initial sessions before we decide to work together (I offer these at reduced cost). It gives you a chance to get an understanding of me and how I work and you can then decide if you want to continue. It also gives me a chance to hear what you want from therapy and to check that I am the right person to be working with you. If I am not I will endeavour to help you find that right person.
How much will it cost?
I offer the first two sessions as a reduced cost of £30 each as we get to know each other and come to a decision about working together. Once we agree to continue my fee is £60 per session.
What is the first step?
Call or Email me to discuss your requirements and to arrange a first appointment