What to Expect

You may have been referred by your doctor, an insurance company, solicitor, a psychiatrist or in some cases you may have self-referred.
Initial assessment appointments are conveniently arranged so that we can meet in a private, confidential setting for 50 minutes to 1 hour.  A psychological assessment report is usually prepared and sent back to your referrer.
Therapy may then take place on a weekly or fortnightly basis.  The number of therapy sessions can vary from 6-20 sessions.  If a specific therapeutic intervention is not offered then other specialist services can be recommended.
Benefits of my service and how does it help!

Talking treatments can help you to overcome emotional difficulties and free yourself from self-destructive ways of feeling, thinking and behaving.  They work by providing an opportunity for you to talk in a confidential setting, in a way that assists you to understand yourself better.  Having gained this understanding you can work out ways of living your life in a more positive and constructive way.
 
The psychological process itself is a healing process primarily due to the therapeutic working relationship.  Your story being heard and understood by an unbiased, uninvolved person, can be beneficial.
 
Unfortunately, prejudice about emotional distress may stop people from using talking treatments they could benefit from.  Some people feel that it is a sign of weakness or inadequacy to seek assistance in this way.  The truth is very different:  It’s not your fault if you experience emotional difficulties, and it takes courage to face up to them and find better ways of coping.
 
Psychological therapy can help people:
Discuss their problems honestly and openly to aid understanding
Deal with  issues preventing them from achieving their goals and ambitions
Make positive cognitive, emotional and behavioural change in their lives.  Therapy aims to facilitate change, improve psychological wellbeing and reduce symptoms in order to improve quality of life