Coaching | Psychotherapy
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
What happens at the introductory session?
It is a friendly, open, welcoming opportunity for us to get to know each other. Together we explore more about what you are seeking and I explain more about how I work. The aim is to arrive at a mutual agreement as to whether we are suited to working together.
What happens in a normal session thereafter?
We first agree a ‘contract’ i.e. the practicalities of our meeting (time, place, fees etc.), the framework (AC or UKCP Code of Ethics) and what area(s) you want to work on. We can re-contract to work on different area(s) over time. Each session is a space where you have my complete, undivided attention to focus on working through those area(s) with me supporting you to explore and find your best way forwards.
How many sessions will I need?
This varies greatly. It could be brief therapy (e.g. six sessions) to focus on a specific issue (e.g. interview technique) through to open-ended (e.g. for long established behavioural patterns no longer appropriate or helpful). I always aim to work at the client’s pace. It is also important to allow time for ending well.
Is what I say confidential?
I am here for you as client and your confidentiality is my priority. There are very few exceptions to this. All practitioners take their client work to supervision with a more experienced practitioner. I only use your forename and no other identifying details. There are certain activities which, if you disclose them (e.g. terrorism), I am legally obliged to report. It is rare for this to be the case. If referred by an organisation (e.g. employer, church, charity) I will only disclose to that organisation how many sessions we have had.
What type of clients do you work with?
I work with individuals aged 18+ and organisations making arrangement for their staff. For enquiries from couples, or children under 18, I can suggest an appropriate referral to another practitioner.
Do you work in a creative way?
Yes. Coaching and Psychotherapy can (and often do) involve two people sitting in chairs and talking to each other. However, there can be great benefit in more creative approaches too, which I am delighted to use where they are helpful (e.g. drawing/painting; being outside in nature; use of worksheets and templates; using play materials and figures from childhood).
Do you accept referrals from organisations for their staff?
Yes, in these circumstances I invoice the organisation concerned, rather than the individual themselves.