Some common questions about therapy
My usual fee for online sessions is £50.00 per hour, and I offer the first session for half-price.
My usual fee for face-to-face sessions is £40.00 per hour, and I offer the first session for half-price.
Couples sessions last 90 minutes and cost £75.00.
Only you can know if you need therapy, but it won’t work unless you want it. Sometimes those close to us might suggest that we consider it. Therapy can help people at major transitions in life, and those affected by medical and mental illnesses.
Many clients view therapy as an investment in their future. And for a lot of clients, therapy is the first time that they have ever actually felt properly listened to, and understood. This alone can be transformative.
Therapy is effective for most client / patients, and is highly effective for many. For many people it is preferable to invest time and effort into personal development and change, than to spend years dependent upon medication.
All major types of therapy are equally effective but it is very important to pick the therapy that allows the most comfortable relationship with the therapist.Many adults prefer a style of therapy in which they feel largely in control of the process, where they can explore and articulate their own problems and solutions. If this sounds like you, then you might prefer the person-centred approach.Other people might prefer to be told what is ‘wrong’ with them and exactly what they should do about it. Perhaps they are wanting to address a very specific and clearly-defined problem. Such people could prefer a more directive therapist.The quality of the client’s relationship with the therapist is very important. It is usually more important than the particular type of therapy or ’intervention’ applied. The quality of the relationship is also more important to success than the therapist’s experience.Find a therapist with whom you feel you can develop a close and trusting relationship. Consider spending some time with various therapists before making any long-term commitments.The person-centred approach is relationship-driven, and is not for everyone. I am very happy to refer you to another type of therapist if I think that might be in your best interest.
Person-centred therapy is predicated on a model of personal growth, rather than the ‘treatment’ or ‘disease’ model that has been imported into psychotherapy from medicine. Research in recent years has, however, greatly supported the ideas that Carl Rogers put forward. He believed that it is interpersonal relationships that cause psychological distress, and that it is relationships that facilitate healing and growth. He also believed that concepts such as assessment and diagnosis are not well-suited to psychological distress. In addition, he found through extensive research that techniques and ‘interventions’ are less important to successful therapy than aspects of the relationship between the client and her therapist.
Unfortunately, for the time being most doctors, clinical psychologists and insurance companies are still highly invested in the medical ‘disease’ model, and seem to find it more expedient to provide medication than talk therapy.
It is not possible to say how long the process of therapy will take, but with the person-centered approach the client can decide for herself when she is ready to move on. There is no ‘programme’ to be completed (because it is centred on you, not the hypothetical average person).
In most cases it is exactly the same process, so it is up to the client whether they call it counselling or therapy! Similarly there is no obvious boundary between person-centred counselling and person-centred coaching, so it makes most sense to go with what the client wants to call it.
Yes, your sessions are confidential. Measures are in place to protect you personal data, in accordance with UK regulations. Please note, however, that under certain circumstances I have ethical and statutory obligations to protect the safety of children, others and yourself. In rare cases this might mean sharing information with other health professionals.
Firstly, and obviously, therapy costs money. But so does years of medication, especially when you include the costs of a life affected by mental illness / distress.Therapy can also require commitment and courage from clients. It can be a painful journey on the way towards personal growth.Occasionally a client can lose faith in their therapist, often because the therapist is perceived to be not listening, not understanding, or giving bad advice. Such issues are less likely with person-centred therapy, in which listening, understanding and non-directivity are central. I regularly seek feedback from my clients, so that we can both be assured that things are moving forward for them.
The person-centred approach to therapy or coaching is well-suited to webcam-based meetings, but please note:
- Will your privacy be protected?
- Will you be disturbed?
- Will you be able to relax?
- Check that you have a fast internet connection?
- You might want to delete any call history that relates to therapy sessions.
I use a number of platforms, including Skype, which is free and easy to download, Facetime for Apple users, Zoom and Google Plus.
Please note that I do not offer therapy or coaching by telephone.
Here are three brutally short descriptions:
A psychotherapist provides ‘talk therapy’ of one sort or another.
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who focuses on the prescription of medications.
A psychologist is a scientist who studies the human mind.
Find out more about person-centred therapy at my:
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Tim is a supportive therapist. He helped me to see that I have worth and can grow, despite my poor opinion of myself. Seeing him also helped to relieve the pressure I was experiencing from week to week