Frequently Asked Questions
Can psychotherapy help me?
Psychotherapy can benefit anyone with emotional, social or mental health problems, such as:
• anxiety or an inability to cope or concentrate
• problems dealing with stress or recovering from stressful situations
• lack of confidence or shyness
• coping with the effects of abuse
• feelings of depression, sadness, grief or emptiness
• mood swings
• difficulty making or sustaining relationships, or repeatedly becoming involved in unsatisfying or destructive relationships
• sexual problems
• difficulties coming to terms with losses such as bereavement, divorce or loss of employment
• eating disorders
• obsessive behaviour
• panic attacks and phobia
How can psychotherapy benefit me?
I can offer you an environment in which you can:
• express your feelings
• gain a deeper insight into the issues you face.
Psychotherapy sessions are confidential. This means that you can talk about things you might not feel be able to discuss with anyone else.
I will aim to help you find better ways to cope, or bring about changes in the way you think and behave to improve your mental and emotional wellbeing.
Psychotherapy sessions can be
• include a partner
• in a group.
How many sessions will I have?
Psychotherapy can be short or open-ended. The number of sessions will depend on the depth and complexity of the issues you want to resolve. It is unusual for therapy to last for less than 12 sessions. Some types of therapy may last for two years or more.
I am happy to meet you to talk about what you are looking for from therapy. This will help you to decide whether I am the right therapist for you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask for more information before you make up your mind. I will seek to put you at your ease so that you feel safe and respected.
To get you started you may like to look at some self-help materials on Positive Affirmations, Relaxation Tips, and Dealing with Negative Emotions