How many sessions will I need?

Something most people ask when starting therapy and understandably. It can be a big commitment both emotionally and financially. However, this is a difficult questions to answer because everyone is different. It may be a short term piece of work over a few weeks or a longer term course of treatment over a period of months. Treatment is goal focused working towards an end point. This end point might be when goals have been achieved or the individual is feeling “better” and ready to end this process. Regular review and discussion about progress is incorporated into treatment to ensure we are still working together in a way that is helpful.

How frequently will I need sessions?

It can be helpful, at least initially, to have sessions weekly. This helps to keep focused and motivated on the problem we are working on together. However, I will always work with the individual to put together a plan that works for them. It can always be helpful to space sessions as treatment progresses or we are working towards ending. This allows time for consolidation of what we have covered; problem solve areas that arise which still cause difficulty and build confidence to feel ready to go forward without the sessions.

What will be expected of me when I attend?

It can be daunting to along to a first session to talk about personal difficulties and you might be anxious thinking about what I am going to expect from you. What I would say is that in our first meeting it is an opportunity to explore information together. Therefore you wouldn't be expected to know why you feel the way you do or be expected to know what to do about it; this is something we can make sense of together.

How do I know what approach to treatment I need?

You might not know and that’s OK. Someone may have suggested a particularly approach or you have read up on different therapies yourself. This can help but is not necessary. A thorough assessment and discussion about treatment options can help you make a decision or you might prefer to be guided by my suggestions. I work in an integrative way so we can always adapt things as treatment progresses.

I’ve never heard of EMDR therapy before. I’m anxious about what it involves? Will you make me re-live my experience? Can you make me forget what happened?

EMDR is quite different to more ‘traditional’ talking therapies so it can make people feel a bit apprehensive. EMDR is appealing for people because it does not involve you having to engage in a lot of detail or time discussing what has happened. EMDR cannot make you forget what happened but can help this became less distressing when thought about. If you are experiencing flashbacks or intrusive memories it can help reduce and/or stop this from happening. The EMDR Institute website provides more information and will be able to answer any further questions about this treatment approach. http://www.emdr.com/frequent-questions

What is the cost and how long does a session last?

If paying privately for treatment the rate is set as below;
An initial assessment is £85 for an hour and a half long session.
Subsequent treatment sessions are at the fee of £70 lasting 50-60 minutes.
If paying through private insurance fees may differ, please as for more information upon enquiry. 

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