What should I expect in my counselling/ psychotherapy session?
I offer a warm, supportive, safe and confidential space to talk about your feelings, thoughts and concerns, without judgement.
Clients who attend my practice in Warwick and Leamington Spa find that I provide warmth, and the support to enable them to overcome their difficulties, gain confidence and feel uplifted.
Within your first session, we will look to get an overview of your experience and the reason for you seeking therapy and there will an opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have. As well as the possibility to work using a range of apporaches and techniques therapy often includes:
It is important to remember you dont have to talk about anything you don't want to.
General discussions about you.
Exploring how you feel about things.
Childhood and past experiences
Current and past relationships
Situations/ events you find difficult
How long will the session last?
The recommended standard appointment time is 40 minutes. Research has shown that this is an optimal time for concentration and sucessful therapy.
It is often the case that shorter appointments, of 25 minutes, are more suitable for young people, although this depends on the individual and this can be discussed at the initial appointment.
Longer appointments are available and if you would like a different amount of time then please ask when booking your appointment.
How much does it cost?
I offer a reduced fee for an initial assessment appointment. This will allow us both to gain a sense of whether we can form a relationship which will be valuable and helpful to you.
I aim to work with your financial situation and, with this in mind, I will be happy to discuss the fee for ongoing appointments during your initial appointment.
Many employers are happy to contribute to the cost of therapy and, should you feel comfortable discussing this with someone you trust at work, then this could be an avenue for you to explore.
What type of therapy do you offer?
As an integrative therapist I am experienced in drawing upon different theoretical models such as relational, attachment based, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural therapy, person centred and energy work (further details,can be found within the 'Therapy' section of this website). I will offer an apporach tailored to your individual needs and I will work with you to find the most effective method.
This can be time limited or open ended.
I aim to build a trusting and non-judgmental relationship that helps you develop self-awareness. When you understand the causes of your concerns or triggers for your behaviour, you can confidently set goals and develop new behaviours to improve your satisfaction with life.
Within my work I often use aspects of the following approaches/therapies:
Advanced Integrative Therapy,
Cognitive Behavioural Techniques,
Solution focused brief therapy
Why seek counselling and/ or psychotherapy?
The opportunity to have time with another person, who you do not know personally, can be extremely liberating. During times of deep distress, counselling and psychotherapy can be, quite literally, a life saver. Therapy can also offer an exciting and challenging space for personal exploration, growth and development.
You may be experiencing a specific, or range of issues, feel you're having a tough time or you might have a general curiosity and want to understand yourself better.
There may be a particular event or crisis which has brought you to consider therapy, or there may be a block or an ingrained pattern which you feel you need to address.
Our bodies and minds have developed strategies for coping with what is thrown at us, and sometimes these coping strategies cease to work. When this happens, therapy can allow a safe space to explore what needs to change so that life is less difficult.
What is counselling/psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy and counselling are broad terms used to describe talking therapies. Both counsellors and psychotherapists provide a service for those looking for support and treatment for a wide range of mental health and emotional concerns. Many different therapies can be used by counsellors and psychotherapists, some involve looking at past relationships and experiences to make sense of them, and others involve looking at the 'here and now'.
Counselling offers a space to talk and explore your life and experience and tends to tackle problems at the time of the crises, whereas psychotherapy focuses on longer-term psychological problems and a deeper exploration and understanding of how you've developed, the different influences you've experienced, your ways of being, and your relationships.
Research has shown that relationship between an inidividual and a therapist is the most important factor in determining the success of therapy and, whether you choose a counsellor or psychotherapist, it is important that you choose the right individual for you.
How do I know if I need counselling/psychotherapy?
Only you can decide whether you wish to try counselling or psychotherapy. Just talking to someone confidentially who is not a friend or family member can make all the difference. Counselling provides a regular time for you to explore your feelings and talk about any problems you're experiencing. A counsellor can help you develop better ways of coping, allowing you to move forward and get the most out of life.
What do I do if it is an emergency?
If you’re feeling suicidal or you are concerned about someone else, confide in someone you know, contact your GP, call 999, go to your local A & E, or call the Samaritans (116 123). You can also find more information on the Mind website, through Mind’s confidential Infoline 0300 123 3393 or you can text 86463.
I feel quite low sometimes. Should I see a therapist?
One of the most important things to do if you’re feeling down is to open up. Most people feel more comfortable confiding in a close friend or family member in the first instance but the opportunity to have time with another person, who you do not know personally, can be extremely liberating. Often simply talking about it helps and by working with a trained therapist the positive impact can be significant.
If you're not seeking therapy and the problem continues and begins to interfere with everyday life, you can speak to your GP who will be able to discuss other options with you.