Frequently asked questions
What will happen during the first session?
This is a chance for you to meet me and see if you would feel comfortable working with me. The relationship between us will prove a key part in the success of our working together. This session is also time for you to explore what kind of support you are looking for and what you might gain from counselling or psychotherapy. However you may not be completely sure of what you want at the start.
How often will we meet?
If you wish to proceed we would meet weekly, ideally at the same time each week. Once a session time has been agreed between us, I offer a commitment to keep that time and space solely for you.
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
Counselling is usually shorter-term and focuses on working through a solution to a particular difficulty. I would usually recommend a minimum of 10 weekly sessions.
Psychotherapy tends to be more in-depth and longer term, and can be open-ended. This allows time for a deeper process of change to take place, and an ending can be discussed when the client feels ready.
Psychotherapy may involve looking back to past experiences to understand present difficulties, but this is not always so. The depth of the work can also come from focusing on a client’s whole way of being in the world. This may include looking at a client’s thought processes, unconscious beliefs and patterns of behaviour, and their relationships with themselves and others.
How long will psychotherapy take?
Psychotherapy can be open-ended, so allowing the client to have the time and flexibility to end when they are ready to do so. Typically this may range from six months to several years.
What qualifications and experience do I have?
I trained for five years at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education, CCPE, in London, gaining an UKCP-accredited Diploma as well as a Foundation qualification.
Since moving to the Bath area in 2005, I have been working in private practice. I am a member of Openings, which is a group of practitioners who share rooms at Princes Buildings on George Street.
I also worked for more than three years at St Augustine's GP practice in Keynsham, offering short-term counselling to NHS patients. Following spending cuts, this service is no longer available on the NHS and I now work privately in Saltford Surgery one day per week.
I am accredited by the UK Council of Psychotherapy, UKCP. I adhere to the code of conduct set out by the CCPE.