psychotherapy plymouth faqs

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Therapy?

Psychotherapy is the treatment of a condition by psychological rather than surgical or medical means, which aims to improve an individual’s sense of their own wellbeing. Sometimes referred to as a talking remedy, in addition to purely verbal communication, the process can involve a range of creative means of expression, including bodywork and visualisation. When facilitated by a qualified and experienced therapist, the process is tailored to bring beneficial change to the individual, for example, to their interpersonal relationships, patterns of behaviour, observable symptoms, or life situation. The therapeutic process is a dynamic and reflective one; to get the most out of it, the individual should be prepared to engage actively in their healing.

 

How Might Therapy Benefit Me?

If you are experiencing a difficulty or are feeling held back in life – perhaps you are experiencing a pattern of behaviour or symptom that you sense might have an emotional root – psychotherapy provides an opportunity to examine new ways of thinking, feeling and acting. Often the barrier to progress lies within oneself, and so by engaging in psychotherapy, you can work towards resolving internal conflicts, breaking unhelpful ways of responding, and finding a solution to your issues. My role as therapist is to support you to explore existing perceptions and achieve new insight, which in turn can lead to more confident decision-making, healing and growth.

 

What Conditions Are You Experienced in Helping People With?

In addition to working individuals wishing to embark on a more in-depth therapeutic journey, I am practised at helping clients who are experiencing the following conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Anger
  • Weight Control
  • Indecisiveness
  • Sleep Problems
  • Work-Related Issues
  • Low Confidence and Self-Esteem
  • Eating Disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating)
  • Abuse Issues (physical, emotional, sexual)
  • Trauma/Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Panic Attacks
  • Depression
  • Addiction (drugs, alcohol, gambling, computer games, etc)
  • Sexual Problems
  • Bereavement Issues
  • Termination/Abortion/Miscarriage Issues
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Phobias
  • Stopping Smoking

 

How Long Do Sessions Last?

Each therapy session normally lasts for up to an hour-and-a-quarter (75 minutes). The exception is hypnotherapy for stopping smoking, which is conducted in a single double-length session lasting around two hours.

 

How Much Do You Charge?

Each 75-minute therapy session for individuals currently costs between £45 and £60. (Clients and consultees are invited to self-assess and place themselves within this range according to their level of income and personal assets.) For couples/two people in relationship the current charge is between £55 and £70. The charge for a one-off extended stopping-smoking session is between £110 and £125. The normal procedure for face-to-face clients is to pay by cash or cheque at the end of each session. For all clients, payment can be made in advance by bank transfer via the BACS system, for which there is no surcharge, or via PayPal, for which there is a £2 surcharge. I’m afraid at present I am unable to accept payment by credit or debit card.

 

Do You Offer Sessions via a Video Link such as Skype?

Yes, it is entirely possible to have sessions via Skype or Google VideoChat, or even over the phone. I conduct such sessions on a regular basis. The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model works well this way. It can sometimes be beneficial to have one face-to-face session before switching to a video link. This allows each party to fully see and experience the other person, and also helps facilitate the initial assessment. Each therapy session via video link lasts for up to 75 minutes and costs the same as a face-to-face session (see paragraph above). Payment is normally made via BACS transfer (or PayPal, for which there is a £2 surcharge). I’m afraid I do not offer hypnotherapy via Skype.

 

How Many Sessions Will I Need?

The recommended number of sessions depends on the depth and complexity of the issues to be explored. For example, a client wishing to embark upon a more in-depth therapeutic journey, whose intended destination is greater self-knowledge, insight, healing and growth, might expect to attend between ten and thirty sessions. By contrast, hypnotherapy to stop smoking is normally conducted in a single, double-length session. Whatever the anticipated duration of treatment, the client is invited to review their progress on an ongoing basis.

 

Can You Guarantee to Solve My Problems?

The codes of professional conduct I adhere to specifically prohibit therapists making promises or claims regarding the outcome of treatment. That said, as a qualified practitioner with over fifteen years experience in the psychotherapy field, I am both focused on and practised at working with my clients to achieve a satisfactory, beneficial outcome in line with their needs and expectations.

 

Which Codes of Professional Conduct Do You Adhere to?

I currently observe the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics; the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH) Code of Conduct; and the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth) Code of Practice.

 

Will the Content of the Therapy Sessions Remain Confidential?

Yes. I undertake not to discuss what happens or is said during sessions outside the consulting room in a way that might identify the client, the general guideline being, ‘What is shared in the room, stays in the room.’ In exceptional circumstances, I may request to share information with another healthcare professional, for which the client’s consent will be sought beforehand. In order to continue working to a high professional standard, I engage in regular supervision; in this context, I seek leave to make anonymous reference to the work undertaken by my clients in their therapy sessions. Please note I am under an obligation to report anything relating to a serious crime or to an offence involving anyone currently under the age of 18.

 

What are Your Hours of Business?

 
First Available Appointment
Last Available Appointment
Monday9:30am6:30pm
Tuesday9:30am6:30pm
Wednesday9:30am4:30pm
Thursday9:30am6:30pm
Friday9:30am4:30pm
Saturday10:30am12:00 noon

What Happens if it Turns Out You Are Unable to Help?

At present there are certain areas I don’t normally practise in. These include dementia and child-related issues, although I am experienced working with adolescents aged 13 and over. If I find I am unable to help, or if a client attends and decides the therapeutic setting is not for them, I generally offer to refer them to another practitioner, although of course there is no obligation on the part of the client to follow this referral.

 

What Can I Expect in My First Session?

After welcoming you into the therapeutic space, I start by taking a confidential case history. I make a note of any symptoms and patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving you are currently experiencing, along with details of any pre-existing medical conditions, current medication, and previous experience of therapy. This is normally followed by an initial assessment, which is tailored to the individual client depending on their preferred way of working. For hypnotherapy clients, I normally include a hypnosis taster session as an introduction to this therapeutic approach.

 

I May Be Interested. What’s My Next Step?

New clients are eligible to receive a free 30-minute introductory consultation. This can usually be arranged to take place within a few days of your initial contact. Please e-mail or phone 01752 227054 to arrange an appointment.