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HOW LONG DOES EACH THERAPY SESSION TAKE & WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
The initial assessment usually takes around 60-90 mins. Following the assessment, most therapy sessions last around 50 minutes. Ten minutes thereafter are dedicated to appropriately keeping notes and admin.
The session usually begins with reviewing the week and then we agree an agenda for the session together. A focus on practical help to manage depression, anxiety or trauma symptoms is usually the main item on the agenda.
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE 1ST SESSION?
A detailed assessment of current difficulties, childhood development and trauma, risk level and other contributing factors such as sleep, coping mechanisms and social support is conducted to get the most accurate picture of the difficulties in your life. This helps build a blueprint called a formulation that is used to work together on a treatment plan. You will likely be asked to complete some questionnaires to help guide the assessment and treatment stages.
WHAT AGE RANGE DO YOU WORK WITH? WHAT METHOD OF DELIVERY DO YOU USE? AND HOW LONG DO SESSIONS RUN FOR?
I work with any adults aged 18 and over.
The method of delivery I offer is either video-conferencing e.g. Zoom, WhatsApp or telephone. I also now offer in person sessions from Lurgan Town Hall.
The duration of sessions is dependent upon the type of condition present. The interventions will be based on best practice from National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE). Examples of this include 16- 20 sessions for depression, 7-10 for PTSD and considerably longer for more engrained difficulties like complex trauma.
WHAT CONDITIONS DO YOU WORK WITH?
I work with a range of conditions including: depression,
Low self esteem
obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD),
generalised anxiety disorder,
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),
post-natal depression and anxiety
and many other joint presentations of anxiety and depression
HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE? AND WHAT PAYMENT OPTIONS DO YOU TAKE?
This depends on the focus of psychotherapy. Generally, the rates are £55 per session (in person) or £50 for remote via video-conferencing.
If you are looking a one off assessment of your difficulties, this will be £75. However, if you decide to go ahead with therapy, you will get 50% off your first session.
I can take payment via paypal or bank transfer. These details can be obtained via email.
What does the structure of therapy look like?
WHAT DOES CONFIDENTIALITY MEAN IN PRACTICE?
I will not discuss any of your difficulties or the information you share with me, with anyone outside of clinical supervision. Clinical supervision is a professional requirement by governing bodies such as the BABCP to ensure appropriate care, training and techniques of their accredited therapists. Confidentiality can be broken in some circumstances: 1) you are at risk to yourself or others; 2) You are involved in criminal activity; 3) You are involved in terrorist activity. However, even in these circumstances you will be informed of this course of action.