Will therapy help and how do I know which therapy is right for me?
There is no simple answer to this question. People attend therapy for different reasons and have different expectations. I do believe finding the right therapist for you is important, someone that you are comfortable with and feel you can talk to. For this reason I offer an introductory session at a reduced rate which allows us to meet, discuss the issues and talk about how we may work together.
There is no obligation to continue after the first session. You can decide at the end of the session if you do not want to continue; you can think about it and let me know later, or you can make another appointment or series of appointments. I am a Certified Transactional Analyst. Transactional Analysis is a humanistic model of counselling and psychotherapy, grounded in the belief that everyone can make positive change.
Transactional Analysis looks at your thinking, your feeling and your behaviour.
What happens in the first session?
During the first session we discuss what has brought you into therapy, your physical and mental health and the support round about you. Generally I ask what you may be looking for from counselling or psychotherapy, what you want to achieve and how will that look like. It really all depends of your needs. If I feel that I cannot work with you for any reason that I will advise you in the first session and signpost you to another therapist if that is what you want. You also have the right to advise me that you do not want to work with me – you can be honest about this and I will understand.
How long will I need therapy for?
Again there are no simple answers to this question. It depends on your needs, your motivation and issues that you bring. I offer short and long term therapy. Ultimately you are free to stop therapy whenever you like, although it is often more helpful to agree and plan an end to therapy together.
How do I pay?
You can pay by cash or cheque at the beginning or end of each session or pre-pay via PayPal before the start of the session. You will be given a receipt if you require one.