Choosing a Therapist

Research shows us that the most important factor in psychotherapy being successful is the relationship between client and therapist. It is really important to take your time choosing a therapist who feels like a good fit for you.

The right therapist for you will make you feel safe, not judged, understood and heard.

Sitting in a room with someone and opening up about intimate details of your life can feel scary and it isn’t always easy – but the rewards can be great. To go through this process it is essential that you find a therapist you can trust.

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Make Contact

If you make contact via email or text message it can be useful to arrange to give your therapist a call. The conversation will give you a sense of what they are like and whether you would feel comfortable working with them.

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Your First Session

The first session is a chance to see how you feel being with a therapist and get a sense of how they work and if you might work well together. Remember, it’s your session and you are in control. You can ask questions to help you decide whether you want to work with the person.

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See How You Feel

Once you’ve had your first session you might want to go away and think about whether you would like to work with the therapist. It’s completely okay to meet with a therapist and ask them a lot of questions and then decide not to work with them.

Many people don’t find the right therapist first time. If this happens to you, it is not your fault. You have already decided you would benefit from therapy, so it is worth trying again and booking an initial appointment with another therapist.

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a body that regulates UK psychotherapists and more information can be found on their website at www.psychotherapy.org.uk. They also offer guidance on choosing a therapist and can help you search for therapists in your area.

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About Me

It is really important to find a therapist who is a good fit for you. Find out a bit more about me here.

What is Psychotherapy?

With all the different types of therapy and counselling out there it can be confusing. Find out a bit more about my style of therapy here.

Rates

50 minute session £35
80 minute session £55

Please note that my fees are set to reflect the fact that I am still in training and these are reviewed yearly in line with my experience.

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