Frequently Asked Questions
Choosing to engage with therapy and finding the right provider can be daunting. Will counselling help me? How many therapy sessions will I need? Below is a list of questions we have been asked time and time again. If you want to find out more, please get in touch.
Absolutely not. We all have mental health, just like we all have physical health. As well as helping to overcome mental health problems, therapy is also about developing your resilience to the stresses of life, learning new skills and strategies and how to use your personal strengths in order to get the most out of life and improve your psychological wellbeing. We believe we could all benefit from a non-judgemental space to think, learn, talk and feel listened to and understood.
Decades of research has shown that psychological therapies are an effective treatment for a broad range of difficulties. Psychological therapy is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for many issues, including generalised anxiety, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, health anxiety, insomnia, emotional dysregulation issues, eating disorders and addictions. Psychological therapy is also recommended by healthcare professionals for managing and adjusting to a range of health issues including medically unexplained symptoms, premenstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysphoria, chronic pain, sleep disorders, adjustment to illness or disability, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), tinnitus and diabetes.
Therapy involves a significant investment of time and energy. You need to be willing and open to talk about your thoughts, feelings, experiences, needs, wishes, hopes and fears.
It can be useful to think of psychological therapy as a form of training, and like any other form of training the more you put in, the more you’ll get out. Therefore, motivation and openness are really important. Therapy is at its most effective when people want things to change and feel motivated to try.
It can feel overwhelming to know which type of therapist to choose. There are so many different types of therapy and practitioners on offer, yet not all have an evidence base and not all titles actually tell you very much. Anyone can call themselves a ‘psychologist’ for example, however, the title Clinical Psychologist is protected by law and only applicable to those who have completed the minimum of seven years of study to qualify.
The therapeutic relationship is incredibly important when it comes to the effectiveness of therapy. We see it as the foundation upon which everything else stands. In other words, if there isn’t a good working relationship between the therapist and client then the therapy is less likely to be successful, regardless of the type of therapy being provided or how skilled, qualified or experienced the practitioner is. For this very reason, we offer all new clients a free 15-minute phone consultation so you can get a feel of what working with us will be like. It really matters to us that you achieve the outcomes you want, so we want to make sure we’re the right fit for you.
The number of therapy sessions you’ll need will depend on your individual needs. Some people may reach their goals after just a few sessions, some might need up to 20 or more. We believe in creating confidence and empowerment through therapy, not dependency on it, so together we’ll routinely track your progress using specialist evidence-based outcome measures. These measures, combined with regular feedback, will allow us to agree together with the frequency and duration of your therapy.
As a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and HCPC-registered Practitioner Psychologist Dr Chris is bound by a professional Code of Ethics that means everything you discuss will be kept completely confidential unless you give your explicit consent for certain information to be shared with particular individuals, like your GP. You can choose to withdraw this consent at any time.
As set out in the British Psychological Society (BPS) Code of Ethics and Conduct there are rare circumstances which permit us to break this confidentiality agreement, for example in instances where we feel you are at significant risk of harming yourself or other people. Whenever possible, we would let you know if this was the case. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this further.
Dr Chris trained with the British Psychological Society (BPS) to become a psychology expert witness, including undertaking training for court appearances. We provide medico-legal assessments within 14 days from instruction and submit the report within 10-14 days following that, although it is usually considerably sooner. We can provide information on the number of previous cases and anonymised example reports from previous cases if required. Please contact us for more information and fees.
Supervision and consultation
Dr Chris is a BABCP accredited CBT supervisor and listed on the BPS registered clinical supervisors list. We offer clinical supervision to healthcare professionals and consultation to businesses that are interested in leveraging a psychological approach to optimise performance for commercial success. Please contact us for more information and fees.
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If you would like to talk to Dr Chris about your mental health, wellbeing or sleep, please get in touch to discuss working together or to book your free phone consultation.