Frequently Asked Questions


HOW LONG DOES PSYCHOTHERAPY OR COUNSELLING TAKE?

The initial meeting with your therapist will provide an opportunity to consider whether brief work or longer term therapy is appropriate. Short term work, which might be six or twelve sessions, or a number of sessions agreed with your therapist, usually identifies problems and sets you on your way to management and resolution of these issues. Long term, open ended work offers the support, continuity and time to make deep seated changes.


HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO COME TO THERAPY?

Usually you meet with your therapist at regular times and at a frequency agreed between you, but it would normally be at least once a week and some people find it useful and helpful to have more frequent sessions, say twice or three times a week.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN AT THE FIRST APPOINTMENT?

The first appointment is an opportunity for you to talk about what you hope to achieve by coming to therapy and what the difficulties may be as you see them. The therapist will ask you questions about yourself in order to explore with you if this kind of therapy is appropriate for you. There will usualy be time to ask any questions you may have about therapy or your therapist. If you and your therapist decide to work together, fees and the times and frequency of sessions will be agreed.


WHEN DOES THERAPY END?

Counselling and psychotherapy are ways of helping someone by making use of the relationship between the therapist and the client. Usually the end of therapy is something that is worked towards over a period of time, once the client and therapist agree that their work is achieved and the client feels ready to go it alone. In the case of brief or time limited therapy, the end date may be set at the beginning of the work.


HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

Fees are usually around £40-£45 for each session for individual work and around £60 a session for couples. Some therapists may be able to offer reduced fees in special circumstances. Fees for supervision will be in line with individual psychotherapy and may be negotiated in the case of groups. Fees are chargeable once therapy begins, whether or not you attend a session, until the end of the therapeutic relationship.