How does therapy help?
Therapy is an exploratory process and all kinds of concerns can be brought fruitfully to it.
This section gives a brief account of what therapy can be like, and the kinds of issues people tend to bring. None of this is exhaustive, however, and any questions are welcome, whether in person or prior to arranging an appointment.
What is psychodynamic psychotherapy?
Psychodynamic psychotherapy offers an opportunity to speak about things you may have never spoken about before, and in ways you might not be able to speak about them elsewhere - that is openly, without judgement, and in order to make sense of the way in which your life experiences have affected you. I don't tend to offer advice or techniques for managing your feelings, but a space to learn more about how you feel, why certain experiences might be troubling you, and what happens between yourself and other people.
The therapy works with the premise that our early experiences affect us in our adult lives. While we may not be able to recall much of our early life, these experiences shape our sense of who we are and often inform patterns which repeat in our adult relationships.
Often, these same patterns come to light within the therapy itself, offering an opportunity to understand them better. Noticing what comes up between us presents an opportunity to experience some deeply-held beliefs about yourself or others, which in turn can help address the problems which brought you to therapy.
Overall, the therapeutic process can help develop the a more robust sense of who you are, a capacity for more fulfilling relationships, and a greater sense of freedom in the choices you make.
Why might people have therapy?
While there is nothing which cannot be spoken about in therapy, the following are some of the areas of which commonly bring people here:
It is quite common to be unsure whether psychotherapy can help, or to feel anxious about starting. Please feel free to get in touch with any questions or to arrange a consultation – this can help work out whether psychotherapy is right for you.
How do we start?
Starting psychotherapy can feel daunting. You may have a number of questions to explore, and it can take some time to find the therapist you feel is right for you. Before deciding whether to embark on ongoing work together, we would meet for an initial consultation. This is a meeting lasting up to ninety minutes, and provides an opportunity for you to put into words what has prompted you to seek therapy and for us to decide if ongoing psychotherapy would be helpful.
Should we decide to continue, we would agree a mutually suitable fee and time at which to meet. Ongoing sessions would be at the same time each week and last for fifty minutes. The regularity and consistency of sessions is helpful in providing a stable setting to explore deeper-lying issues.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is often relatively long-term, and it is useful to agree an end date together, when the time feels right.
Sessions are charged at £60 and once we have agreed to work together regularly, are invoiced monthly. In keeping with customary practice within psychotherapy, I do charge for missed or cancelled sessions.
There are some circumstances in which a lower fee can be agreed - please do ask if you would like to discuss this. An initial consultation, lasting up to 90 minutes, is charged at £75.
Online and telephone sessions
As well as offering sessions in person, I offer sessions online and over the telephone. These are suitable for people who are unable to attend in person; also, the need for these has increased during the Coronavirus pandemic.
I have found working online or over the phone to be just as effective as meeting in person, although realise that it can seem strange initially. Because of this, we can arrange in initial conversation either in person or online or over the phone. Please feel free to contact me to arrange a time to speak.