FAQ

Counselling Frequently Asked QuestionsCounselling for creatives Frequently Asked Questions

  • Connecting remotely: what do I need to know about using video or phone for sessions?

    You can choose to connect with me ‘live’ for counselling sessions, either using a web-cam or using the phone. 

    For online web-cam sessions, I use different platforms such as Zoom, WhatsApp or Google Meets and frequent users usually have a preference – if less familiar, I can send you instructions. All you need to have is the following:

    – A device: mobile phone, tablet, laptop, PC or Mac

    – A good interned connection

    – Headphones (for privacy and more clarity)

    When working remotely, it is important that we are both in a private and secure space, somewhere where you can be relaxed that you will not be overheard and where disruptions are less likely to happen. If your privacy is compromised by family circumstances or having young children, we can discuss ways towards making the most of our communication.

What is existential analytic psychotherapy?

Existential analytic psychotherapy is a unique approach that combines insights from existential philosophy and psychoanalytic therapy to understand the human condition. This approach explores how key existential themes such as freedom, responsibility, mortality, and the search for meaning impact our mental health and relationships.

What issues do you typically work with in therapy?

In my counselling practice, I work with a diverse range of issues. These include trauma, creative or writer’s block, relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, and life crises. Counselling can also be a useful space for those questioning their life’s direction or seeking a deeper understanding of themselves.

How long does a therapy session last?

A standard counselling session lasts for 50 minutes. However, this duration can be adjusted based on your individual needs and the therapeutic process we decide to follow.

How many sessions will I need?

The number of counselling sessions varies for each individual. It largely depends on your unique needs and therapeutic goals. Some individuals may benefit from short-term counselling consisting of 6-12 sessions, while others may opt for longer-term psychotherapy.

What happens during the initial meeting?

The initial meeting is an exploratory session. This is where we assess your needs, set out your expectations from therapy, and understand how we can work together effectively. It’s also a space for you to ask any Counselling Frequently Asked Questions you might have about the therapeutic process.

How is the work conducted?

Our work together will involve deep conversations in which we explore your experiences, feelings, and thoughts. These discussions may draw on ideas from various sources, including the arts, popular culture, and psychoanalytic theories, to gain deeper insights into your personal circumstances.

What is your approach to confidentiality?

Confidentiality is a key cornerstone of any therapeutic relationship. All your disclosures will be kept confidential, except in cases where there is a risk of harm to yourself or others, or when legally required to disclose information. I am a member of BACP and I abide by the BACP ethical framework.

How do I know if therapy is right for me?

Therapy is a very personal journey and its effectiveness can depend on many factors. If you’re feeling stuck, troubled, or are simply curious about gaining a better understanding of yourself, therapy can be a beneficial process. The best way to find out if therapy is right for you is to attend an initial consultation where we can discuss your specific needs and concerns.

Remember, these are just some of the Counselling Frequently Asked Questions. If you have other questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

Find out more about the services I provide here.