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Frequently Asked Questions


What is integrative psychotherapy?

Integrative psychotherapy is a holistic approach that combines different therapeutic techniques and theories to meet the unique needs of each individual client. It draws from various modalities such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, humanistic therapy, mindfulness-based approaches, and more.

What can I expect from integrative psychotherapy sessions?

In integrative psychotherapy sessions, you can expect a collaborative and personalized approach tailored to your specific concerns and goals. Together, we will explore your thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and underlying patterns to promote self-awareness, insight, and positive change.

How long do therapy sessions last?

Therapy sessions typically last 50 minutes and are usually scheduled weekly on an agreed-upon day and time. However, session length and frequency can be adjusted based on individual needs and preferences. Consistency in session attendance typically enhances the effectiveness of therapy.

How many therapy sessions will I need?

The number of therapy sessions varies depending on your unique circumstances, goals, and progress. Some clients may benefit from short-term therapy focused on addressing specific issues, while others may require longer-term therapy for deeper exploration and growth.

Is integrative psychotherapy suitable for me?

Integrative psychotherapy is suitable for individuals seeking a flexible and comprehensive approach to therapy. It can address a wide range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, self-esteem, and personal growth.

What are the benefits of integrative psychotherapy?

The benefits of integrative psychotherapy include gaining insight into patterns of thinking and behavior, developing coping skills, improving emotional regulation, enhancing self-awareness and self-acceptance, and fostering personal growth and resilience.

What happens in the first therapy session?

The first therapy session, also known as an assessment session, typically involves discussing your reasons for seeking therapy, goals, and relevant background information. We'll also discuss confidentiality, therapy expectations, and develop a plan for moving forward.

How can I prepare for therapy sessions?

You don't need to prepare anything specific for therapy sessions, but it can be helpful to reflect on what you'd like to discuss or any goals you have for therapy. Arriving with an open mind and willingness to engage in the process can also be beneficial.

How do I know if therapy is working for me?

Therapy progress is unique to each individual and may involve experiencing changes in thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and relationships over time. We will regularly review your therapy goals and progress together to ensure that therapy is effective and meaningful for you.

Is therapy confidential?

Yes, therapy is confidential, and your privacy is protected by law. Information discussed in therapy sessions is kept confidential unless there is a risk of harm to yourself or others, or if required by law.

How is therapy affected during periods of annual leave?

During planned periods of annual leave, I typically schedule two weeks off over Christmas and New Year, two weeks over Easter, two weeks off in August, and an additional week off during the half terms. These breaks allow me to rest and recharge, ensuring that I can work to the best of my ability when I am present. I aim to provide you with at least one month's notice prior to any planned leave. During these times, we will discuss strategies to maintain continuity of care and support your ongoing progress in therapy. Your well-being and therapy journey remain my top priorities, and I am committed to minimising any disruptions during these periods.

What is your cancellation policy?

I kindly ask for at least 48 hours' notice for cancellations or rescheduling of therapy sessions. If you provide less than 48 hours' notice, the full session fee will still be applicable. However, if you give me at least 48 hours' notice, there will be no charge for the canceled session. This policy allows me to manage my schedule effectively and offer timely support to all my clients. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

How do I end therapy if I feel it's time to do so?

If you feel that it's time to end therapy, it's essential to discuss your decision with me openly. Ending therapy can be a natural part of the therapeutic process, and your decision to do so will be respected. We can discuss your reasons for ending therapy, explore any remaining goals or concerns, and ensure that you have the support and resources you need as you transition out of therapy. Your well-being is my top priority, and we will work together to ensure that ending therapy is a thoughtful and supportive process.

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