Frequently Asked Questions
What is Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy?
It is a process which focuses on uncovering the source of troubling thoughts and behaviours within the “unconscious” in order to bring about effective and lasting change and improve wellbeing.
What is the difference between Psychotherapy and Counselling?
Counselling generally focuses on a particular issue or situation you are having trouble with and focuses on helping you change the way you think or behave around this situation. Counselling tends to be a short-term intervention.
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is an in-depth approach and addresses more deep-rooted problems. Psychotherapy aims to help you develop insight into your difficulties thus offering you broader choices in life. It may therefore be longer-term.
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy requires longer, more in-depth training. Psychotherapists undergo a lengthly personal therapy themselves which enables them to support their clients through their own therapy. A qualified Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist can work as a counsellor but a counsellor cannot postulate as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist.
Is psychotherapy confidential?
Do I need a referral from my GP?
What can I expect?
I will ask you about what is troubling you or causing you distress. I may also ask you about your feelings and emotions as well as past experiences and current relationships. You may like to ask me a few questions or clarification of the work we will do together. This initial session provides the opportunity to find out if this type of therapy is the right option for you.
If we both feel that we would like to work together, we will agree on a regular meeting time that is convenient for you.
What is discussed in subsequent sessions is guided by you, there is no set agenda. Although I will not give you advice, I will offer you my insight and expertise as you consider events or situations, thus helping you see things from a different perspective. Talking with a psychotherapist instead of a close friend or family member who is emotionally involved can feel safe and freeing.
How long does a session last?
How many sessions will I need?
In open-ended therapy, we can periodically re-evaluate what has been achieved so far and discuss whether you feel you would like to continue, or work towards an ending.
How much does a session cost?
Sessions cost £50 each.
Fees are payable by cash, cheque or bank transfer.
Fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.