What to expect from us
We would like to have a brief telephone discussion with you so we can gain an understanding of your difficulties and see whether we can help you or not. Alternatively, we can book an initial assessment with you.
The Assessment Session
The assessment session will take place with one of us in one of our locations. The session will last up to 80 minutes during which we will want to find about you and what you are going through. We will ask you why have come to therapy, and talk about your difficulties and how you deal with them.
You can also use the time to find out anything you want about how we practise and what to expect from our service. Towards the end of the session, we will discuss about therapy options, how many sessions we offer, the price of the session and how you go about cancelling sessions if you can’t attend one week.
An assessment session can be overwhelming as we ask many questions so if you feel uncomfortable in any way please feel free to let us know.
After the Assessment
Our aim is to provide you a safe place where you can talk about your experiences and try to make sense of them. With this in mind, we will agree together the time and the day of the session and sign the therapy contract.
Each treatment session lasts 50 minutes and you can talk about what is going on in your life and address any specific problems you experience. We are aware that we are all different and some of us find it more difficult to open up and therefore our approach is individually tailored to help you.
We will not tell anyone outside our practice about you and your problems. However there are circumstances where confidentiality will be broken and you need to be aware of this.
These circumstances will be discussed with you during your appointments. For example, we may seek advice from clinical supervisors on a regular basis to ensure best practice is maintained. Your identity will always be kept confidential and the content of the sessions will also be treated with the same level of confidentiality.
Confidentiality has to be broken if you threaten to harm yourself or cause severe harm to others, but wherever possible this will be discussed with you first. There are a limited number of circumstances where the law requires confidentiality to be broken, for example if we receive a court order or we suspect that a child, elderly person, or vulnerable person is at risk from abuse or neglect. This may sound like a long list, however in the vast majority of cases the details of what is discussed in therapy will be between the therapist and the client.