Frequently Asked Questions
Find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about counselling & psychotherapy with me.
Where are you based?
PLEASE NOTE DURING COVID-19 LOCKDOWN ALL SESSIONS ARE ONLINE VIA ZOOM.
I work two locations. On Mondays to Thursdays, I work from my home based practice in Bingham. The address is 5 Medway Drive, Bingham. NG13 8YD. I am within easy reach of Radcliffe on Trent, Cotgrave, Newark, West Bridgford, Grantham and all surrounding villages. Bingham is 15 minutes on the train from Nottingham.
On Fridays I work from the Bay Therapy Centre in Lady Bay, West Bridgford. The address is 19-21 Trent Boulevard, Nottingham, NG2 5BB.
How long do sessions last?
Sessions usually last 60 minutes and take place weekly. I do not offer fortnightly or monthly sessions.
How many sessions will I need?
The answer to this depends on why you’re coming to see me. Some people come for just one session, others feel they need support for a much longer period. We can adjust and review as we go and you’re never obliged to keep having sessions if you don’t want to.
How much do sessions cost?
My current fee is £50 per 60 minute session.
How do i contact you?
The best way to contact me is by email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also call me on 07954146404. Due to the nature of my work I am not always able to answer the telephone but if you leave a voicemail message or send a text message, I aim to respond within 48 hours.
My qualifications and experience
What sort of therapist are you?
I’m a humanistic integrative psychotherapist.
Humanistic means that I believe that when people are given the rights conditions, they will become the best they can be. Put simply these conditions are accepting my clients for who they are, setting aside my own experiences to fully hear yours so that I can offer empathy and being genuine with you.
Integrative means I also draw on other types of therapy to deepen my knowledge. In particular it means I work with unconscious processes (the parts of you that you’re unaware of), attachment theory (how your childhood impacts you in adulthood), trauma (traumatic events and relational trauma) and shame theory (really handy for clients who never feel good enough).
What qualifications do you have?
You can see the additional training I have done on my About Me page.
Are you registered with a professional body?
how can i be sure you worth ethically?
I follow the BACP Ethical Framework and I have Clinical Supervision every month.
What issues do you have experience of working with?
I love working with people going through or recovering from divorce and my experience doesn’t stop there.
I am also able to help with:
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antenatal Depression
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger’s syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body Image
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Disordered Eating
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Weight loss
- Work-related stress
What is therapy like?
What happens in the first session?
The first session is an assessment session. This means the focus on us getting to know each other. I need to understand what it is that is bringing you to therapy and whether I think I am the right therapist for you to work with and you need to get a feel for how I work and whether you feel comfortable enough to talk to me.
Can you give me advice or tell me what I should do?
From my extensive training and experience, what I know is that what works for one person won’t work for someone else. The person who has the best idea of what you should do is you. You might feel that you don’t know and if that’s the case, my job is really listen to what you’re struggling with and to help you to remove the obstacles in your way so you can find some clarity about your situation. I want you to get to a point where you can manage without me and I do this by helping you to know your own mind.