There are many different forms of psychotherapy, all of which have at their heart the common goal of helping people through emotional distress and improving their quality of life.
My training is humanistic and integrative, which you can read more about on my about me page.
At the core of this way of working is a respect for the unique life experiences that each person brings with them and an honouring of their value as a human being.
What Happens in Psychotherapy?
In the process of therapy many different issues may come up for you. There is no pressure to work to a schedule or through any set list. In talking together we have an opportunity to explore, reflect upon and understand more fully why you feel the way you do.
Whether you have recently suffered a traumatic event, or are experiencing a prolonged sense of disillusionment with life, the space provided by therapy allows you to express your feelings in a safe environment.
Having these experiences felt and understood by another person may feel new or even unnerving, yet it is in these moments that true healing can start to take place.
What Can Psychotherapy Help With?
People come to psychotherapy for all kinds of reasons. I have experience working with clients struggling with anxiety, bereavement, depression, drug and alcohol problems, eating disorders, stress and relationships difficulties, as well as many other issues including simply learning more about themselves in an effort to advance their personal development. I believe it is important to recognise that whatever the main reason someone may seek out therapy, other themes often come up. If this is the case these will also be welcomed and given the space that they need.
How Long Will Psychotherapy Last?
Psychotherapy usually involves meeting together once a week. You may already have some idea of how long you wish to come to sessions, in which case this can be discussed at our first meeting. Similarly you may not have a definite time-frame, in which case ongoing therapy is also available.
The current situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic means that for the time being face to face sessions are not possible. I am however able to offer online video sessions. Even outside of current restrictions around meeting physically, there are many different reasons why people may wish to choose online therapy. Many find it more convenient in terms of time, transport, being unable to leave the house, and some even find that it allows them to open up more about certain issues than if meeting in person.
There are various things to consider when thinking about starting online therapy. These include but are not limited to: how comfortable are you with technology, can you find a private space where you won’t be interrupted during a session, and how easily do you feel you will be able to connect with someone who you have not met in person? For more information about these kind of considerations, please take a look at my “online therapy agreement” which goes into more detail.
Recent research suggests that online therapy can be just as effective as face to face therapy (see here for a good summary: Does Online Therapy Work? ). As well as following all UKCP and BCPC guidelines and undertaking the necessary trainings they recommend, I also have additional training with the Academy for Online Counselling & Psychotherapy which is an approved ACTO Online Training Provider.
Should you decide you would like to begin online psychotherapy, please get in touch and I will reply as soon as I am able.
How Much Does Psychotherapy Cost?
The cost of psychotherapy can vary between different therapists. I offer a first session of 50 minutes at a reduced rate of £35, so that you can get a feel for whether you might benefit from further work. The usual fee is £50 per week. For more details see my contact page.
I am mindful that for many people the financial element of psychotherapy can be challenging, and that the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak have lead to a lot of uncertainty and anxiety. Please do let me know if this applies to you, as I do also offer a limited number of lower cost places.
UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) – Professional body responsible for education, training and accreditation of psychotherapists in the UK.
BCPC (Bath Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy) – Provides training in counselling and psychotherapy in Bath.
Bath Spa Psychotherapy (Facebook) – My own Facebook page, with links to information about mental health, therapy, choosing a therapist and more.