Frequently Asked Questions...
There are some answers to common questions below but if you would like to discuss anything, please feel free to give us a call or make an enquiry at the bottom of the page.
Who goes to therapy?
The myth that only theunwell or “weak” go to therapy is, thankfully, being dispelled. Therapy clients are from all walks of life, all ages, ethnicities and different gender/orientation groups. Many therapy clients function very well in many aspects of their lives. How long will it take?
This depends on your need or your personal circumstance. Some clients respond very well to short term structured therapy, others prefer longer-term support. This will be discussed at your initial appointment and all therapy – approach and length - is reviewed regularly with Rebecca.
Do I need a medical referral?
Most clients self refer or are recommended by a friend or colleague. However, psychiatrists and GPs will often refer to Rebecca and she will work alongside medical professionals, but in a confidential capacity.
What about confidentiality
Rebecca is bound by UKCP/BACP code of ethics which means that each session is entirely confidential. Work colleagues, doctors or family members are not privy to any information, unless at the request of a client. Rebecca does not discuss individuals or cases, maintaining anonymity at all times.
How do I know psychotherapy is for me?
Chances are if you are looking for psychotherapy/counselling, there are things in your life which cause you difficulty or unhappiness. Therapy can offer support, and insight as well as help you make tangible changes in your life. Rebecca always conducts an assessment appointment where both you and she can work out whether she can help you and what approach/structure would suit you best.
What happens in a therapy session?
Hopefully you will feel safe enough and understood enough to begin to look at what has been troubling you. You might find some relief in talking about behaviours or thoughts which trouble you or cause you shame. Psychotherapy used to called “the talking cure” and while therapists use many different approaches, at the heart of therapy is the client’s relationship with his/her therapist. To feel understood and “held” by a dedicated professional is the start of a healing process.
What should I do next?
Most clients book an initial appointment, sometimes known as an assessment appointment. This is an opportunity to discuss with Rebecca what it is you are seeking help with, what feeling states you are finding difficult, what the areas of difficulty in your life are at the moment? There is also an open invitation to get to know Rebecca, ask any questions or raise any concerns you might have. If you both feel that psychotherapy with Rebecca is the right course of action, further appointments are arranged – at a time and day to suit your schedule.