How I work
Initially, I offer a consultation interview which lasts 50 minutes. The consultation will provide an opportunity, for us both, to explore your difficulties, consider whether we might like to work together, and to talk about the best way forward. Sometimes we may meet more than once before deciding whether to begin therapy or not. The consultation could also involve recommending other types of therapy or support for you. There is no commitment to engage in therapy at this stage, and whether you wish to proceed or not is entirely your decision.
If we do agree to work together, we would meet once a week for 50 minutes on an agreed day and time. The establishment of regular sessions is important. This regularity will help provide you with a sense of security and continuity whilst we work on your emotional difficulties together. If it is difficult for you to attend face-to-face counselling every week I can also offer counselling via Skype. These sessions will also be 50 minutes.
How long does it take?
Understandably, you would like to know how long therapy will last – this is difficult to predict. Some focused difficulties are more suitable for short-term therapy, which usually lasts 12 weeks; other difficulties are more suitable for long-term therapy. Long-term therapy is open-ended and will vary in length. The advantage of long-term therapy is that it allows time for trust to build which will enable you to talk more freely. It is always your decision to continue or not.
We can discuss which option will suit you best at the initial consultation.