Frequently Asked Questions
Is therapy for me – if so how do I find a good therapist?
When this happens some people find therapy is the most appropriate route for them to resolve or come to terms with their problems. Finding the right therapy and therapist that suits you and your needs can be difficult, it’s best to talk to a few therapists before you make that choice, to ensure that you feel comfortable speaking to them. It is important to check that the therapist you see is registered with an approved body such as the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) or the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapist (UKRCP) see links below.
The fact that you’re asking this question suggests that you are looking for a solution to a problem or issue that’s worrying you at present. People deal with problems in all sorts of ways, for example, talking to friends and loved ones or using self-help books and on-line resources and are able to resolve their issues. However, there are times when some people, feel that their usual ways of managing or coping with problems is not enough. Some turn to unhelpful coping strategies that can be at times be harmful, such as alcohol, drugs or self-harming, or find that they are becoming moody, angry, withdrawn or short-tempered. They might be finding it difficult to sleep or notice that they are over or under eating.
Source : The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
How can therapy help me?
What should I expect?
In therapy, be it single session or on-going, you will learn and develop coping strategies to manage your problems. It will also help you to examine your issues from a different perspective, work towards acceptance of a situation that can't be changed, or to take action to resolve or make a change that will improve your enjoyment of life. The therapist will work with you to set the goals that you wish to achieve and help you to achieve those goals.
The initial session is to work with you to understand your issues and agree on any goals you wish to achieve.
For on-going or fixed term therapy, we will work together to set up a number of regular meetings (most often weekly) the sessions usually last fifty minutes. We tailor the work to fit you and meet your needs.
Focusing on goals is not for everyone, some people come to therapy to explore unresolved issues from their past, this work can take longer but the benefits to the client can be life changing.