FAQs

Psychotherapy, Counselling and Personal Development

Does therapy work?

Research (Shedler, 2010, Tavistock Adult Depression Study, 2016) has shown that, working in this way often leads to more definite and longer lasting change and it is for this reason that psychodynamic therapy is often recommended as an effective treatment for a range of emotional and psychological problems.

Isn’t psychotherapy intended for mental illness?

No.  Whilst it’s true that counsellors and psychotherapists deal with a wide range of issues, including more serious problems, we generally work with anything that is troubling you or preventing you from being happy with your life and your relationships.   Psychotherapy can also assist with personal development and increasing self-awareness to help you to achieve your potential in whatever direction that may be.

Is psychodynamic therapy the right approach for me?

There are many different types of therapy available and although the emphasis may be different, there is equally a lot of common ground.  Many of these different therapies derive from the original psychoanalytic or psychodynamic approach.  If I think that you may benefit more from seeing another therapist I will inform you of this at the Initial Consultation and let you know how to go about this.  In my experience, the most important factor is the relationship between you and your therapist, irrespective of their theoretical orientation. Knowing that you have someone impartial to talk to regularly, in confidence, who is able to listen to you with respect, empathy and insight is often enough to help you to begin feeling better.  As the paying client, you need to feel that the therapy is working for you.

Time Limited, Open-Ended or Personal Development?

At the Initial Consultation we will discuss your situation and experiences in more depth.  This will enable me to make a more accurate assessment of your needs and make a recommendation on the best way to help you.  We can then discuss the various options. 

How long will it take me to see improvement?

This depends on many different factors and each individual case is unique.  You may notice improvements early on or it may take a little longer.  You can continue with therapy for as long as you find it helpful.  You are the paying client; you are in charge

Will you give me advice?

No, the aim is not to give advice but rather to help you to make up your own mind about what is right for you and those around you.

Is it confidential?

Yes, whatever you tell me remains confidential between us.  There are specific and very rare occasions when I would be legally compelled to inform somebody else; for example, if what you had told me led me to believe that you or somebody else was at risk of serious harm or where the safeguarding and wellbeing of a child or vulnerable adult was at risk. 

Do I need to tell anyone that I am seeing you?

No, however, in order to work together I will need your GP details, just in case I have any concerns about you that I felt your GP should know, or if I felt that your GP could provide valuable help to you.  In either case, I would not contact your GP without speaking to you first.

Any notes that I take do not form part of your official medical record.

My working life isn’t going too well – how can you help with that?

We spend a lot of time at work, interacting with others and often under stress, so it is perhaps unsurprising that work is where many of our psychological defences and unconscious conflicts get acted out.  Through psychotherapy, we can identify unhelpful patterns of behaviour that may be adversely impacting your working relationships and performance and help you to change. 

Over time, psychotherapy will also help to develop your ‘emotional intelligence’ (EQ), helping you to manage yourself in a more positive way, attune more sensitively with others and develop authentic leadership potential.  It is for this reason that several of the world’s leading business schools include some element of psychotherapy intervention in their MBA and Executive Development programmes. 

With my particular blend of skills, I am able to offer unique and powerful insights within a psychodynamic context to help you in your career development and enhance your personal effectiveness at work.

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