How long are the sessions?
Sessions for individual therapy last for 50 minutes while group therapy sessions tend to be longer usually 75 to 90 minutes
How many sessions will I need?
This is very individual and will be decided after the end of the first consultation session. Often a useful way to work is to contract 6 sessions and then review to decide together if there is a need for further sessions. This allows the person coming to therapy to feel more in control of their sessions and to have a clearer understanding of what they are working towards
Do I need to talk about my childhood?
Not necessarily, it depends very much on what the person wants out of therapy and their own needs.
Are the sessions confidential?
Absolutely. It is a persons’ basic right to have their privacy respected especially as in therapy very personal details may be shared. The only times when there may be a breach of confidentiality would be if the therapist feels that the person may either be at risk of harming themselves or harming others.
What is an integrative approach in therapy?
This basically means that the therapist will have a number of models that they are trained in – such as psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural, supportive etc – and they will integrate these approaches to be able to offer an intervention that is most helpful at the moment. For instance it may be decided that a person will initially benefit from a more behavioural approach of learning coping strategies and then further on in the therapy they will benefit from a more explorative psychodynamic approach that looks at reaching a deeper understanding of themselves.
Psychological therapy is a form of talking therapy which aims to help people understand and deal with difficult emotions that they may have. By talking through these difficulties in a confidential and supportive setting people can find ways to manage and to cope with their difficulties. Part of therapy may be to offer ideas or techniques for improved coping strategies, or sometimes it is enough simply to be able to have the space to be able to talk through difficulties with another person. Each therapy is modified and planned for the individual to meet their personal and specific needs.
People can either refer themselves or can be referred by their GP or psychiatrist or any other mental health professional
Fees are put here as it is usually an important part of a person’s decision regarding which therapist to choose. The fees below are the lower part of the spectrum of what a clinical psychologist typically charges. Charges for clinical,psychology tend to vary from £60 to £120. The price is at the lower end of the spectrum because of a belief that therapy should be accessible to as many people as possible while still remaining within private market prices.
Individual Therapy: £70
Group Therapy: £30 per session