How often would we meet for psychotherapy?We would normally meet once a week, but it could be more often if necessary. Your sessions will generally be at the same time and on the same day each week.
How long does a session last?I offer sessions of 60 minutes.
How much do you charge per session?I charge £40 for a 60 minute session. The first, introductory meeting is free of charge.
How long will it take before I see a difference?It depends on what issues you bring to therapy and the pace of work that feels comfortable for you. Some people find it easier than others to share feelings around painful or difficult issues; we will work at your pace.
How long will I need to be in therapy?It depends on what issues you bring to therapy and the pace of work that feels comfortable for you. I normally ask for an initial commitment of 6 weeks, after which we review progress. This gives you time to decide if you are happy working with me and whether you feel the sessions are addressing the issues you want to work with.
After the review, I generally work with clients in an open-ended way until one or both of us decide it is time to finish. You are free to end therapy at any time, but it is best if the end can be negotiated, as an abrupt finish can be difficult for both of us and may leave issues unresolved.
While Core Process psychotherapy lends itself to in-depth and longer-term work, I also have experience of short-term counselling and, if you feel this better suits your needs, them please talk to me about it.
Will everything I say be kept in confidence?Everything you share with me will be kept in the strictest confidence. However there are certain circumstances where, by law, I have to break confidentiality, for example in matters concerning the safety of children. In the unlikely event that I felt it necessary to break confidentiality, I would let you know my intention and discuss it with you first. If I feel you are becoming mentally unwell, I may also ask your permission to contact your GP.
I am on medication for my mental health – can I still come to psychotherapy?There is no reason why your medication should interfere with psychotherapy as long as you are able to concentrate and express yourself. If you have been very unwell, it can be helful. However, I make it a condition that clients refrain from using alcohol or other recreational drugs before a session as these will impair your ability to engage in the session.
Core Process Psychotherapy is Buddhist based – do I have to be a Buddhist?No, you definitely do not have to be a Buddhist to work with me. There is no requirement for any religious or spiritual orientation on your part; I enjoy working with people from all cultures or ethnicities - whether or not they have any religious or spiritual beliefs. The Buddhist practice of mindful awareness that underpins my approach is a technique that many people use without any spiritual context at all. While I am always happy to discuss any form of religion or spirituality, it need never arise in our sessions unless you wish it to.
Can I contact you outside of our normal session times?If you need to contact me about administrative matters, such as illness or inability to attend a session, then I find text or email are best, as I am often not available to answer phone calls.
I do not provide additional support outside regular session times. However, in serious, exceptional circumstances a specific arrangement for telephone support may be offered. If you feel the need for additional support, other accessible sources of support include NHS Direct, your GP or the local Samaritans.
While I generally feel OK, I do have times or particular situations when I struggle to cope, could psychotherapy help?Many people who come to psychotherapy are living full and productive lives, but feel that there are some situations or concerns that they could deal with in a different, or more positive way. Other people are seeking support in addressing more serious problems that they feel unable to deal with alone, and some people are simply interested in learning more about ‘how they tick’. If you are unsure whether psychotherapy would be helpful for you, please make use of the free initial session to discuss your concerns with me.
There are lots of psychotherapists in Nottingham - why should I choose you?As a mature person I bring a breadth of life experience to the work as well as an MA degree in psychotherapy. My psychotherapy training was thorough and demanding, requiring depth of personal insight as well as intellectual capacity.
I bring a natural empathy for people from all walks of life, while my meditation practice supports me in staying present, listening to whatever my you may bring without judgement, but with acceptance and compassion. I bring honesty and openness to our work and an understanding that, while we all experience suffering, the causes and depth of that suffering are different for everyone.
However, as with any other relationship, we need to meet before we can make an informed decision about whether we are a good ‘match’, which is why our initial meeting is free of charge.