When are you available to meet?
My appointments are either in the daytime or the evening on weekdays. I currently don't have appointments at weekends. Once we have agreed an available time, I would keep that space in the week free for you.
How long would I work with you for?
The length of time I work with clients varies greatly. Some may have a specific issue they wish to discuss and this may take a few sessions. Others wish to work at greater depth on longer standing issues, patterns of behaviour etc. which usually takes longer. In short, it very much depends on what you wish to gain from the work.
What if I find talking difficult?
Talking about challenging, upsetting or embarrassing things can be difficult for all of us. The most important thing is that you feel you are working with the person most suited to you (hence the importance of the initial appointment). Once the work has started, we would work at the right pace for you and I prioritise supporting a sense of safety as much as possible. Anything you say will be held in confidence as stated in the UKCP code of conduct.
What if I would like to work with someone else, could you help?
If, after our initial meeting, it is felt that I am not best placed to support you, I would be very happy to recommend colleagues who you could contact.
What if I change my mind after we start work?
Usually after starting work with someone, we would review the work after a few sessions to see if this is meeting your needs and expectations. As the client you are always in control of the working agreement and can stop the work as you wish.
How do I know you are properly qualified?
This is am important question. My psychotherapy training course is recognised and accredited by UKCP and I have subsequently personally met the requirements and am accredited to UKCP as a psychotherapist. UKCP is a professional body for the accreditation of psychotherapists and you can find out more here.