Frequently Asked Questions
What is therapy like?
Experience of therapy can be different, depending on the individual. In general terms, you may expect to discuss your current problems (e.g. depression, anxiety, OCD, panic, PTSD, etc.) and certain past experiences relevant to your issue, in order for us to get a better understanding. Depending on your specific needs and requirements, therapy can be short-term (for a specific issue) or longer-term (to deal with longer-standing patterns of behaviour or thinking). Within Empower You therapy Studio you can access treatment (CBT) from the following areas: Reading (town centre) and Baskingstoke (Chineham).
Something important to highlight is that your active participation in the process is key in getting better, as the main purpose of treatment is to transfer skills learned in sessions back into your life. Therefore, we may suggest certain 'tasks' to engage in, beyond the work you do in therapy.
How long and how frequent are the sessions?
Once you decide to arrange your initial session of assessment, we will arrange a 50 minute meeting. The assessment and any subsequent sessions would last for the same duration, which is 50 minutes. Meetings are held on a weekly basis and you will can be offered a regular appointment time (Reading, Wokingham, Basingstoke).
How long does therapy take?
The length of treatment depends mainly on the issue(s) that you face, and also on the depth at which you wish to address them. Specific issues (e.g. depression, anxiety, phobia, OCD, PTSD etc.) can be tackled within just a few sessions. Whereas, if you are faced with a number of problems affecting your life, therapy may take a bit longer.
It may be worth remembering that we can discuss the main focus and length of treatment in the initial session, and then review periodically.
How do I book an appointment?
To book an appointment or make initial enquiry, you can contact either email me or contact me over the phone. All the details can be found in the sidebar on the right-hand side.
How long will I have to wait for an appointment?
I aim to offer you an initial appointment within a week.
Do you offer home visits, telephone or Skype sessions?
Certainly. I can be flexible in accommodating your therapeutic needs.
Please note that additional cost may be included on top of the therapy session rate for home visits.
Can I see you outside of office hours?
Certainly. I offer evening as well as one early morning appointments.
Are sessions confidential? Why is confidentiality so important in therapy?
Confidentiality ensures trust and security in therapy. All information that is disclosed within the therapy context is treated as confidential, and will not be disclosed to a third party without your consent. If however, I have a concern of a risk of serious harm to yourself (suicide, self-harming behaviour) or others, please note that I may need to disclose this to the third party (e.g. your GP, the Police, the Crisis Team, etc.). In this event I would always seek to discuss this situation with you in the first instance if possible.
Do you have a cancellation policy?
There is a strict 24 hour cancellation policy in place which entails paying full fees for sessions cancelled with less 24 hours notice of appointment. This applies for any and all reasons for cancellations with the exception of a personal tragedy. If you need to cancel your appointment please call me or alternatively send a text.
How and when do I make a payment?
Payment to be made in advance of each session by cash or online on receipt of payment invoice.
What if there is an emergency between sessions or I can't keep myself safe?
In such event, we will create a plan together about how you can keep yourself safe.
Please note that I don't operate a crisis service, and therefore cannot offer additional support outside therapy sessions. Thus, if you are in need of urgent support you can call/visit your GP or contact out of hours NHS 111 line, call999 or visit your local Accident and Emergency Department, contact your local crisis team (contact number for each crisis line can be found online) or you can telephone the Samaritans on 116 123 .
Are you able to provide me with reports?
Requests for written reports will incur additional fees, which will be determined by the amount of time it will take to prepare these.
It is important to note that there may be some types of reports I am not able to provide (e.g. capacity assessments).