Considering private treatment
Taking that first step can be extremely daunting and can feel like a big decision to make. If you are considering a psychological assessment and/ or treatment it is advised you speak with your GP initially. They should have a good idea of NHS services local to you and you can then make an informed choice about the next step.
I see people with difficulties in the following areas:
Making the first move
If you feel I may be the right person for you, I recommend a brief (no charge) talk over the phone (around 15 minutes) to help me find out a bit about what you are struggling with and what you hope to change. We will then be able to agree together whether therapy might be able to help and whether this is the right time for you. There are no obligations following this call but should you decide you would like to proceed, we can arrange an appointment that suits us both. I offer day time and evening appointments.
The initial session(s) aim to understand your needs, your reasons for coming and areas you are hoping to make changes in. By the end of these sessions we expect to have a clear psychological understanding of your strengths, patterns of behaviour relating to yourself and others, difficulties and hopes for therapy. Having established your needs and goals, we will think about whether therapy would be helpful, explore options for treatment and if relevant, agree how many sessions we both feel would be appropriate. The initial stage does not commit you to ongoing therapy if you feel it is not for you or that you are not ready at that time.
Once we have agreed on a plan, we will, where possible, meet on a weekly basis at the same time and day and each session will last for 50 minutes. It is possible to meet less frequently depending on your needs and ability to attend.
It is hoped that at the end of therapy you have learnt the necessary understanding, skills and tools to become your own therapist in the future.
During our therapy we will regularly review whether our initial thoughts about the length of therapy is still appropriate. Based on that we might reduce or increase the number of sessions but this will be agreed together.