Beginning therapy can feel a little like setting out on a long hike in unfamiliar surroundings. Some bravery will be required as there’s no way of knowing what lays ahead, but you’ll learn some interesting thigs along the way.
Though it may bring revelations that are hard to come to terms with, your therapeutic journey needs to be embraced with patience and endurance. What initially seems close by can be farther than expected, and barriers, once eliminated, can easily be replaced by others. There will be unforeseen twists and turns, but with the right guidance, and fortitude on your part, you will arrive at your destination much stronger and more prepared for whatever the future holds.
Therapy can last anywhere from a handful of sessions to months, even years, depending on how much you decide you want to take from the process. Therapy should not be seen as a short-term problem fix, but rather as an enabler of growth – it is only through working through our challenges that we can find ways to transform our lives.
Psychotherapy -Where to Start?
The best way of going forward is to meet for an initial consultation when we can explore your current issues, your history and what you are seeking from therapy.
There’s no obligation to proceed beyond this point. If we decide to work together, our contract will usually be open ended.
Therapy in Person or Therapy Online
I work from my consulting room in south-east London, and like most of us these days, I’m used to working remotely a lot, and can offer sessions via Zoom. You will need to find a place in your home where you feel safe to talk.
Online sessions can be as effective as face-to-face meetings, and there is a time saving of course, but you miss out on that meditative journey to my consulting room and the space to reflect on the session.
There are advantages and disadvantage of both and we can discuss, which one would suit your needs better.
Duration and frequency of therapy sessions
Therapy sessions last 50 minutes and are held at a regular time slot each week.
After the initial consultation, and assuming we decide to work together, we will agree the frequency of your regular sessions depending on your needs, personal circumstances, as well as my understanding of best clinical practice.
I might be able to offer reduced therapy fees, particularly if you are interested in a higher frequency of sessions, or if you are on a low income.
Please note that I will expect you to pay for any sessions you miss, including sick days and holidays.
This is ethical best practice, as it maintains my availability within the context of a professional relationship. Having said that, I will do my best to offer you a replacement session, if that’s what you want.
Ready To Start Your Therapeutic Journey?
If you've decided that you are ready to start therapy or are unsure but feel like you really need some help and support, please get in touch.
Taking the first steps can be daunting, and the journey isn't always easy, but the reward is a healthier, happier life.