Therapy can consist of six sessions or it can be a much longer process. The length of the therapeutic process is dependent on many factors. The nature and complexity of issues and how an individual works through and explores those areas of difficulty. All these will vary from person to person.
Sessions usually last for 50 minutes, although longer sessions (where thought appropriate) can be discussed.
Therapy is best conducted on a weekly basis and ideally a regular time slot which works for both parties. I see clients evenings as well as days.
If a decision is made to enter therapy it is because in many instances it has proved difficult or impossible to work through issues on one’s own, or that friends and family, despite their best efforts, have failed to help you come to a resolution.
By contacting a therapist it probably signifies that the problem is complicated, and possibly has been troubling you for some time.
How can therapy help me?
Therapy inevitably looks beyond presenting problems to possible underlying causes. The aim of therapy is to help you to move toward the person you want to be.
This process can be part of the journey in fully exploring your situation, and may lead to greater insight and self-awareness and a deeper understanding of your circumstances and the possibility of moving on and living the life you would wish.
Why is it that you can be feeling worse than before you commenced therapy?
The early stages can often can be painful and is common in the beginning of therapy. By taking a deeper look at the situation, it is easier to understand why you might feel worse before you feel better.
Having therapy can sometimes involve looking at one’s issue and perhaps other concerns, in a deeper, more meaningful way. Therapy often involves cutting through the defence mechanisms you may have used to protect yourself from difficult or overpowering feelings, and this can be a painful experience.
Is the therapist an expert?
I do not consider myself an expert. I do not have any answers to your problems or concerns and difficulties. I believe that the answers to those, if there are any, lie within you. I will not probe or pry into anything you tell me, I will only work with what you choose to talk about. I won’t bombard you with questions, but I will check out that I have understood the meaning of what you are telling me. As far as I am concerned effective therapy is a collaborative endeavour, we will work together.
Ending therapy & reviews
Ending therapy is planned and negotiated, with reviews conducted on a regular basis.
What about confidentiality?
The trust between client and therapist is crucial to the success of the process. Therapy sessions with me are confidential. I keep brief notes of sessions which clients are free to access. Procedures governing content and storage comply with the Data Protection Act.
However, if I have concerns about any information in respect to serious risk to clients or others, or lead me to believe that a client, or one of their associates has committed an unreported extremely serious criminal offence, then confidentiality may be broken. I will always try to discuss these issues with clients within the session and advise that confidentiality will be broken.