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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Have a question that you cannot seem to find the answer to? Find what you have been looking for by referencing our FAQ’s below. We’ve specified a lot of what we do here, however if something still isn’t clear, feel free to contact us with whatever is on your mind. We’ll be happy to assist you in any way possible.
WHY WOULD THERAPY BE HELPFUL?
When someone is struggling with any mental health difficulty, therapy can help them to find a path that makes life more manageable again or even enjoyable. No-one is forced to do therapy and in fact it seldom works if someone feels pressured, but it can help to ease a person's distress around a particular issue or issues. Talking about the problem with someone who can offer an unbiased, professional account can help to reach an understanding which can often feel difficult to reach alone. Once this shared, empathetic and considered understanding has been reached it can be invaluable to formulate a way to cope with or solve the problem. This can bring with it many benefits for our whole being, not solely our mental health.
HOW LONG DOES THIS TAKE?
This all depends on our understanding of the problem and how much that individual wants to work on. Some people only require 6 sessions, whereas others find it helpful to attend therapy for longer. For example, someone with mild depression may need less time than someone with more complex difficulties. You would not be required to ‘sign-up’ to any particular number of sessions. As therapy progresses we will regularly review this and decide together how many sessions might be helpful. This will of course potentially evolve as therapy progresses. However, it would always be useful for us to consider the importance of ending and that this is not done in a way that feels abrupt or unexpected.
WHERE AND HOW DOES THERAPY TAKE PLACE?
Therapy takes place at 44 High St, Bagshot, GU19 5AZ. The consultation rooms and room hire agreement are made between myself and the Integral LIFE Centre which is a subsidiary of Bluespark Europe Ltd. http://integral-life-centre.co.uk/
You can contact me via email and I will contact you to discuss therapy and your wishes over the phone. You can have a free 20 minute consultation over the telephone.
I am flexible as to the mode of therapy but prefer to meet individuals face-to-face for the assessment sessions at least until this is agreed.
WHAT ARE YOUR RATES?
My rates are subject to change and are due to rise in April 2020:
£80 per hour for individual therapy.
Couples or family therapy work range from £120-150 per hour.
Reduced rates can be negotiated for block bookings.
Rates following the 1st April 2020:
£100 per hour for individual therapy.
Couples or family therapy work range from £140-170 per hour.
Reduced rates can be negotiated for block bookings.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I START TO STRUGGLE AGAIN AFTER OUR THERAPY HAS ENDED?
After therapy, some people find it helpful to come back for 'top-up' sessions, even if therapy ended a long time ago. You would just need to contact me and we could discuss the options together.
WHO HAS TO KNOW ABOUT THE THERAPY I'M ATTENDING?
It is up to you who (if anyone) will learn what we have discussed in therapy. I can write summaries to your GP if required. I will only be obliged to disclose to other parties (e.g. GP, police) if I am concerned that you or someone else is being harmed, or is at risk of being harmed.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO CANCEL A SESSION?
If you give me more than 48 hours notice you will not be charged for cancellation of the session. If you give me between 48 and 24 hours notice you will be charged half the price of the session. If you give me less than 24 hours notice or do not contact me to cancel the session you will be charged the full price of the session.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I CHANGE MY MIND ABOUT DOING THERAPY AFTER WE HAVE STARTED?
I would want and hope that you would feel comfortable to share with me if you are finding therapy challenging. We can explore, review and find solutions to this together. Sometimes people choose to end therapy before they have completed the goals originally agreed because of a variety of reasons, from it not being the right time to things have happened that mean it is not possible to continue at that time. This is understandable and we can review this together and agree a way forward.
It is always useful to be aware though that therapy can be emotive, and sometimes we may discuss painful issues. A useful way to consider the therapy process is that it is like having an operation. Therefore, it may be painful to begin with but eventually it will start to heal and hurt less. Although you may always have a scar or beware that is something you have gone through. Alternatively, people prefer to think about it as train going through a tunnel; you have to keep going through the darkness, to eventually find the light entering at the other end of the tunnel.
VENUE: INTEGRAL LIFE CENTRE
I conduct my face-to-face sessions at the Integral Life Centre in Bagshot. For more information on this venue please click on the link. http://integral-life-centre.co.uk/