Frequently Asked Questions

1. How much does a session cost and how long does it last?

Our prices range from £50 to £60 per session. Please visit our Team page for details! A session usually lasts 50 minutes, although some clients book longer sessions.

Sessions are booked regularly, usually once a week or fortnightly, at a mutually agreed time.

2. How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions depends on the issues you are bringing, how long you’ve been experiencing difficulties and how severely they are impacting on your functioning. Therapy can last several weeks or many months. This will be discussed on your first therapy session and regular reviews are set in place. Most clients average around 20 to 30 sessions.

3. What happens on a first session?

After your therapist takes your relevant personal information, they will discuss confidentiality and its limitations, go through a therapy assessment and sign a therapeutic contract together.

Your therapist may ask you to fill in some outcome measures on a first session and at regular intervals thereafter, which helps them monitor how your symptoms are changing, and how much they are actually helping you.

4. How are referrals made?

Most clients self-refer, but we also also take referrals from GP practices, social workers, community psychiatric nurses, health visitors and other professionals and agencies.

5. How can therapy help?

Therapy can help you by:

  • gaining insight into your thinking, emotions and behaviour;
  • figuring out how you impact on others and how their behaviour affects you;
  • developing more constructive behaviors, e.g. become more assertive /able to stand up for yourself; become less reactive;
  • giving you greater insight into your current situation: seeing the bigger picture;
  • developing decision-making skills;
  • reducing tension/anxiety/depression;
  • increasing motivation.

6. How can I get the best out of therapy?

  • By being open and honest, saying how you really are feeling.
  • By communicating your expectations from therapy in order to make sure they are realistic and achievable.
  • By staying with your uncomfortable feelings as they come up during the therapy sessions, learning and taking evidence that you can contain them and they are not too overwhelming.
  • If you feel uneasy about any aspect of therapy, spend some time with it on your own and then bring it up in your next session rather than just hope it will go away.
  • Feel free to provide feedback about what you find helpful and not so helpful during therapy.

7. What are the benefits of counselling?

Counselling is a type of therapeutic intervention that involves a trained professional, known as a counsellor or therapist, working with a client to help them address and manage their thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and relationships. Counselling can be beneficial for people of all ages and from all walks of life. It is a safe and confidential space where individuals can explore their thoughts and feelings, learn new coping skills, and work through challenges they may be facing. Here are some of the benefits of counselling:

  1. Improved mental health: Counselling can help individuals better manage their mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It can also be helpful for individuals who are struggling with stress, grief, and other emotional challenges.

  2. Increased self-awareness: Counselling can help individuals gain a greater understanding of themselves, their values, and their motivations. This increased self-awareness can lead to more positive and fulfilling relationships with others.

  3. Enhanced communication skills: Counselling can help individuals improve their communication skills and develop more effective ways of expressing their needs and desires. It can also help individuals learn how to listen actively and communicate in a more respectful and understanding way.

  4. Better problem-solving skills: Counselling can help individuals develop their problem-solving skills and find healthy and effective ways to cope with challenges and difficulties.

  5. Improved relationships: Counselling can help individuals improve their relationships with others, whether it be with their partners, family members, or friends. It can help individuals learn how to set boundaries, resolve conflicts, and build healthy and supportive relationships.

  6. Greater personal growth and development: Counselling can help individuals identify and pursue their personal goals and aspirations, leading to greater personal growth and development.

In conclusion, counselling can be a valuable tool for individuals looking to improve their mental health, relationships, and overall well-being. If you are considering seeking counselling, send us a message or click here to book a session.

If you have any other questions, send us a message!