Frequently Asked Questions.
- What will happen in the first session?
- This is a opportunity for us to meet and explore how it would be to work together. Research proves that; 'the single most significant factor in successful therapy is the relationship between the therapist and the client'. It is important that you feel safe and are able to ask any questions that ensure we are able to identify priorities and the approaches most effective to our work together.
- How often will we meet?
- The pace and frequencies of sessions are a balance for us to talk about and we would consider how comfortable you feel; what the issues are that you wish to explore and what approaches that would be considered to bring about the most effective therapy results; amongst other more individual considerations. Therapy practice hours are between 10.30am and last appointment @ 6pm on Tuesday to Saturday, occasionally other appointment times may be negotiated. The expectation would be to agree a regular appointment to which commitment is given by both parties to that day and time. Dates would be agreed usually four weeks ahead and it is expected that a final session is always planned to give full opportunity for open reflection of all achieved, and an honest consolidation of work completed and held.
- How can Counselling/Psychotherapy work for you?
Therapy is a confidential space for you to talk about any problems or issues no matter what they may be, with a qualified professional there to listen and 'hear' you without judgement or preconceived ideas. Therapy is very different to talking to friends and family who may want to influence your decision path out of genuine concern and to whom you may feel unable to talk with complete freedom. Reflective feedback is offered to you from a place of qualified experience not judgement or criticism.
Therapy provides the professional relationship where you can start to understand how past and present experiences and current behaviours may be linked; explore the unthinkable; the fears and dreams in your life with positive purpose.
Our time together is a vibrant space in which we delve purposefully your thoughts and feelings in a group or individual setting.
- How will I know if it is right for me?
I will offer you an initial consultation during which I will hear how it really is for you. From there so we can decide together on how best to proceed. If you choose to go ahead, I will offer you a regular appointment; which is usually once a week or timely as agreed for your particular circumstances.
Therapy is a safe place to reflect and increase your awareness of how you respond to life events and how you relate to yourself and others. At all times the process pays attention to what you choose to do next and that may be taking a step back to work in life on what you have learned about yourself. And at all times you are free to re open contact to continue a process started or consolidate your current wellbeing.
- What qualifications and experience do you have?
From an extensive professional base as a nurse/behaviour therapist clinician and manager in statutory and voluntary sectors I refocused my work values in '2005' with a Degree in Addiction Counselling at Bath University; a two year integrative therapy training which has lead to my continued practice development into the wider field of transactional analysis psychotherapy. I am currently in my third year (of four) as a trainee practitioner with The Iron Mill Institute in Exeter. www.ironmill.co.uk
Engaging in regular clinical supervision; both group and individual is an essential part of my principles of ethical practice and as such I prioritise in my work. I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, (membership no. 626207). And I fully adhere to the BACP Ethical framework. www.bacp.co.uk
- Counselling, psychotherapy theoretical approaches include:
- Client centred
- Integrative therapy
- Cognitive behaviour therapy
- Transactional analysis
- Addiction counselling: family support; twelve step facilitation and relapse prevention
- Motivational interviewing
- Solution focused therapy
Both email and telephone contact is welcomed. If I am unavailable at the time of your call, please leave your name and contact details clearly, (both are confidential lines) and I will endeavour to talk direct to you between 5pm and 6pm that day.