Therapy Sessions - What it's all about?
What do I do, how does it work and what issues can I help you with? If these questions are running through your head, you're in the right place. This is where I go into more detail about the therapies I offer, answer your frequently asked questions and list some of the issues I can support you with.
Above all, I guarantee my clients confidentiality, care and respect. This time and space is for you and I want you to feel safe, secure and cared for.
What is Integrative Therapy?
We all process things differently and as an integrative therapist I understand how various therapeutic approaches work best for you as an individual with your own unique challenges.
I use a variety of strategies adapted to meet your indivdual needs, drawing from a person-centred foundation whilst also incorporating CBT, NLP or positive psychology techniques. This means I can focus on issues using evidence based strategies to cover a range of differing circumstances.
The 'person-centred' approach to therapy is central to all talking therapies and is based on three core concepts: that as your therapist I am genuine, non-judgemental and empathetic. I fundamentally believe that human beings aren't flawed or broken. We might be feeling stuck or overwhelmed, unable to see the wood for the trees and just need a little help finding our way out of a difficult situation.
What is Positive Psychology?
You may have heard the term "positive psychology" but you're not quite sure what it is. This is a fairly new psychological approach (established around 2011) which focuses on the scientific study of human thought, feelings and behaviour. This approach is used to build on our strengths and apply proven behaviours that support our daily health and emotional wellness. One of the many advantages of working within the field of positive psychology is that it tends to work solely with strategies that have been scientifically proven to work!
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?
Also known as CBT, this technique uses various strategies and processes to challenge and change unhelpful thinking and behaviour patterns. By combining cognitive therapy (the way we think) and behaviour therapy (examining the things we do) you can become aware of the negative or distorted perceptions you may have about yourself or a situation. Together, we can change those misconceptions and learn new ways of responding to specific situations or to your life in general.
CBT is useful for many issues, including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, anger management, negativity from the past, relationship issues or obsessive compulsive disorder. I can help you decide if CBT is the right therapy option for you.
I see my role as providing you with a safe and positive space to grow and develop. There's more detail about my approach on my About me page or you can read what some of my clients have to say about how therapy has helped them here.
What is Hypnosis and how can it be beneficial?
If you have ever found yourself zoning out or daydreaming when you were watching a film, listening to music or reading a book then you probably experienced something very similar to hypnosis.
It's a completely safe and perfectly natural experience that we feel many times throughout each day. It's while we are in this relaxed state of mind that we can be more receptive to suggestions and can access the problem-solving and more creative areas of our mind.
Hypnotherapy is becoming an increasingly popular therapy for overcoming issues of low confidence, anxiety, panic attacks, or coping with the stress of an upcoming presentation, exam, or professional assessment.
One of the many advantages of having hypnosis in therapy is that you can make significant changes in a short space of time. And contrary to some common misconceptions about hypnosis, you remain in control throughout (in some cases fully aware) and able to emerge from the relaxation whenever you wish.
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What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)?
The techniques used in NLP can be useful to treat phobias, depression, anxiety disorders, procrastination or just feeling 'stuck'. Also known as NLP, this approach uses various strategies, often centred around changing your perceptions of or about an issue. In essence, NLP breaks down into:
Neuro - patterns of thought; essentially, your mind and how you think.
Linguistic - the ways your language influences your thoughts and behaviour.
Programming - how you react to internal and external information which results in repetitive or habitual behaviour or thought.
What can I help with?
I offer a gentle and relaxing course of treatment that is unique to you. This list isn't exhaustive, but I hope shows you how therapy can help with a lot of issues that are holding us back in our lives:
Anxiety, depression & low mood
Bereavement and loss
Confidence, self esteem & social anxiety
Divorce, separation & relationship challenges
Childhood trauma & abuse
Commited to supporting LGBT+ adults and children
Impostor syndrome & work stress
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), hoarding & impulse control disorders
Menopause, ME & physical health symptoms *
Children's health & emotional wellbeing (Enhanced DBS checked)
* All medical conditions must have been examined by your doctor, and prescribed treatment or medication should be continued under their direction.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many sessions will I need?
The length of treatment varies from client to client and depends on the issue you want to work on. You might have one session to 'have a go' at therapy or anywhere between 8 to 16 sessions to tackle a more complex or long-standing issue. In some cases, clients have regular sessions as a way to maintain mental health and well-being.
What can I expect from the first session?
Firstly, we'll chat about the issue that's troubling you and what you would like to achieve from our time together. The first consultation often takes a little more time than a regular session, so it is preferable to set aside more than one hour at the beginning.
Can online therapy work as well as face to face?
Absolutely. Even before lockdown I had clients who opted for online therapy because they feel more comfortable in their own environment, not having to use precious energy or time battling traffic or considering what to wear.
All you need to do is grab a cup of tea and you can turn up in your pyjamas if you like! You just need to find somewhere comfy to rest, where your head can be fully supported. Ideally a place where you won't be disturbed. Virtual sessions are currently conducted via Zoom, Teams or telephone.
Do you always use hypnosis?
Not at all. Our first conversation will focus on the support you need as well as your goal so that we can agree a flexible and tailored approach that suits you. Your comfort and well-being are always my main priorities and hypnotherapy is just one of the therapies I offer clients.
How much does it cost?
Good question! I have listed my Prices here, and I always offer new clients a free, no obligation initial 15-minute consultation (Book here). If, after this session you decide to continue, we can then work out the details.
I work during the day; do you offer evening and weekend appointments?
Yes! I'm happy to see clients in the evening and at the weekend, we can work out a time to meet that works for us both. All I ask is that you're on time and that cancellations are made with 24 hours-notice or the session will be charged at the full rate.
Contact me to find out more.
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