FAQs

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is the provision of a formal and professional relationship, by a qualified practitioner, where a person can profitably explore difficult and often painful emotions and experiences. It is a process that seeks to help people gain an increased capacity for choice, understanding and autonomy.

How do I find the ‘right’ therapist or counsellor?

It helps to check the practitioner is properly registered with the UKCP, BACP or BABCP. Also, try to find someone that you feel happy and comfortable working with.

Why is an initial appointment important and what happens?

The initial meeting is an opportunity for us to see if, and how, we might work together. I will facilitate by listening carefully, asking questions and commenting in order to help important information surface. We usually need to allow about 10 minutes at the end of the session for any further questions you have about me, to discuss the fee, and we will need to discuss the ‘Therapy Agreement’.

How long does a session last?

A session is 50 minutes duration. This allows enough time for me to write up notes and to reflect. We start and finish at the agreed time. The fee is normally paid at the end of each session.

How long will it take?

We can work briefly (up to 12 sessions) or in depth over a longer period of time (up to a number of years). The number of sessions depends entirely on individual needs and circumstances.

Holidays and Absences

If I cannot keep one of our appointments, I will give you plenty of notice so that you can plan for my absence. It is also important that you let me know if you are going away or can’t make a session. If you give me less than 24 hours notice I will charge half the fee for that session in order to cover costs.

Endings

Endings can be difficult. I prefer that we discuss the ending of your sessions in good time so that any feelings about finishing can be fully addressed.

What does it mean to be UKCP registered?

UKCP Registered Psychotherapists are properly trained, qualified, professional and accountable psychotherapists who will have understaken a rigorous training at an member organisation. Each practitioner must maintain membership of their Member Organisation to keep their UKCP Registration. They must adhere to approved Codes of Ethics and Practice and are accountable to UKCP.

What is Integrative & Humanistic Psychotherapy (IHP)?

If you would like to know more about the IHP division of the UKCP please visit the UKCP website