Frequently Asked Questions

cropped-new-logo21.pngWhat is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a talking treatment in which you will be encouraged to find words for your thoughts and feelings.  It means being honest with yourself and taking responsibility for change.

Therapy/Counselling requires a commitment and willingness to get in touch with what may be painful feelings.

You need to be able to make a commitment to attend sessions regularly. 

Why attend Psychotherapy?

You could seek psychotherapy for many different reasons:

You may be aware of feelings or aspects of your behaviour which interfere with your capacity to live a satisfying life.

You may be affected by a personal crisis, such as divorce, redundancy, bereavement, bulling or other traumas such as violence, sexual, physical or emotional.

You may experience feelings of sadness, anxiety, panic, disillusionment and or depression.

Whatever the source of your unhappiness, psychotherapy implies a wish to think about and understand painful feelings in order for you to achieve a more satisfying resolution.

How can therapy help me?

Psychotherapy can help you gain a deeper understanding of your problems and the experiences that gave rise to them.  Psychotherapy takes place in the context of a relationship with a therapist.

The aim is for new and better resolution of understanding problems, leading to a greater capacity for satisfaction in relationships, work and social life.

What can I expect?

Clients can expect to be treated with respect and dignity.  The client will have an active part in his treatment goals and assessing his own progress. He/she will become aware of rigid thought patterns and automatic thought and to change them

The client becomes aware of their possibilities and identifies the factors that block freedom. The client can expect to challenge and recognise what is his/her responsibility in the present and work with integrating all aspects of themselves.

Who will provide my therapy?

Psychotherapy will be provided by qualified accredited therapists with a high level of specialist training. 

Is psychotherapy confidential?

You will meet your therapist in confidential surroundings.  Your sessions are confidential and your privacy will be respected as far as possible.  However, we do have ethical and statutory obligations to protect the safety of children, other people and yourself. Confidentiality will be discussed with you in the first session.  If you have any other questions or concerns about confidentiality, please ask your therapist.

What happens if I cannot attend a session?

You will offer you a regular appointment time.  The regularity of the sessions is an important part of the psychotherapy process.

If you are unable to attend your appointment, it is important to let us know in advance.

Short notice or non-attendance will incur a charge.

How can I get an appointment?

You may be referred through your GP, mental health professionals or other statutory and voluntary agencies.

Equally, you can make an appointment directly with any therapist on the site, by email or the phone numbers provided