The assessment is an opportunity for us to meet and to better understand how I can help you and which therapeutic approach might be best. During the assessment we would talk more in-detail about what brings you to therapy, what’s effecting it now, a bit about your history, family background, current situation and think collaboratively about your goals for treatment and what therapeutic approach might be helpful. This can take one to two sessions. There is no expectation that you start therapy after the first session, and we can have an open conversation about the best way forward.
This all depends on your goals for treatment and how complex the issues you bring are. I can work both short term (between 6-18 sessions) or on a longer-term or open-ended basis or ad hoc. During the course of therapy, other issues may come up that you want to work on too. Sessions last 50 mins and would (usually) be weekly, at the same time and same location.
Yes, of course, you are by no means ‘locked-in’ to therapy, but it is always a good idea to have your goals in mind and end when you are satisfied your goals have been met. Endings in themselves are an important part of therapy, so whatever your reasons for ending are, it is also advisable and good practice to prepare for and work towards an ending.
Sessions can be held either in North London, NW11 at 999 Medical Centre or in Fitzrovia, at A Room in Town, or on zoom or by phone.
Therapy does not have to be about specific problems, or trauma, it could be a general feeling of unease or that you feel you are not coping as you would like to, it can also be about working on self-development, identity and awareness. It is about gaining insight into why we think, feel and act as we do, recognising the negative cycles we tend to repeat, so that we may find ways to break the cycles and make positive changes. Therapy can help us reflect and develop a sense of clarity, meaning and purpose.
It can be really difficult deciding whether to seek psychological help. It can bring up feelings of anxiety, vulnerability or shame and it can be seen as culturally taboo by some. However, our mental health is just as important as our physical health and the two are intrinsically connected. Indeed, there is much evidence to suggest that looking after our mental health can have huge positive impacts on our physical health and vice versa. Spending some time working on our psychological wellbeing shows self-compassion, can positively affect many aspects of our lives and can be beneficial to ourselves and those we care about.
Whether working with a child or adult, what is discussed in sessions remains confidential. The only times information would need to be shared is if you disclosed that you or others could be at risk of significant harm. However, I would always look to discuss this with yourself in the first instance where possible before informing any relevant parties.
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I provide one to one therapy for adults, adolescents and children, I can also provide tailor made workshops for organisations, groups and schools on mental health and well being.