Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect when I first arrive?
The assessment appointment will enable us to meet and to decide whether we both feel it would be the right thing for us to meet for regular sessions. It will be an opportunity for you to talk about the reasons why you believe Psychotherapy is the right option for you and what has brought you to this decision. We will also think together about whether therapy is an appropriate choice for you. During this session you will have the opportunity to get a sense of me and decide whether you feel you would be comfortable with me as your therapist. It is a two way assessment.
We will also discuss session times, frequency of sessions and fees and other necessary practical information.
Initial assessment appointments usually last about 90 minutes
How do I find the right therapist/ therapy that works for me?
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How do I know that my personal details will be confidential?
Your therapy sessions are confidential, and your information will not be shared without your permission unless I have significant concerns about your safety or the safety of somebody else, including child safeguarding concerns. I will of course do my best to always discuss any disclosure with you first.
I am required to keep records of our sessions to help to plan your therapy well and in keeping with the Data Protection Act; these notes are stored electronically and securely and will be destroyed safely after your therapy has concluded. I will ask for personal information when you first contact me, for example your address and GP's name; this information will be stored and destroyed in the same way.
I am compliant with data protection laws and GDPR; I am happy to discuss this further with you as needed.