FAQ

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a talking therapy where you and the world can slow down for an hour.  You can deeply connect, reflect and explore yourself as a unique person. This Leads to deeper clarity and understanding of you and your needs so that you can begin to heal and make that are holding you back from moving towards your goals.  Psychotherapy is a safe, supportive, non judgemental and confidential environment. Psychotherapy is an active and collaborative process, you will work hard in your therapy journey and I will support and challenge you.  Though it will be tough and painful at times, you will also experience growth, healing and freedom.

What you need in therapy is unique to you and will change over time. When you first start therapy you may predominantly  need understanding and support ; this may shift to explore strategies to help you reach your goals.  We’ll talk about your needs over the course of your therapy.

Is psychotherapy confidential? 

Yes, completely confidential. There are limits to this within the law however; for example if you or someone else is at risk of harm or abuse. We’ll go over this in more detail when we meet.

How long and how often are sessions?

Sessions are 1 hr long. It’s therapeutically best we meet weekly; research and my experience as a therapist shows that this consistency is key to developing a strong therapeutic relationship.

How long will I need to come to therapy for? 

This varies, everyone’s needs and goals are different. Some people come for a few months, others a year or longer.

Who do you work with?

I work with children aged 12yrs and older, individuals and couples.

What kinds of issues to do you help people with?

There are many issues people struggle with and I can help with –  too many to list here. You may be struggling with pain from your childhood, a life transition, an eating disorder, self harm,  loss, parenting challenges,  betrayal, disappointment, depression, anxiety, lack of boundaries, or a sense of dissatisfaction in yourself and life.

You may not know what you’re struggling with, you just know you’re in pain and want it to stop. That’s ok too – the process of therapy starts where you’re at right now.

You may not be in pain or distress but want to grow in yourself and relationships.

The most important thing in coming to therapy is a willingness to acknowledge your needs and commitment to yourself.

Is coming to therapy a sign of weakness?

Absolutely not! Acknowledging you’re struggling and seeking help is courageous and can take enormous strength. We all struggle at times in our life, and seeking help for your emotional and mental well being is just as important as seeking help for your physical health. 

To be human is to struggle, experience pain and need support.

Do you have any special interests?

Yes, many! I am particularly passionate helping people develop Self Compassion.

What if I’m upset by something you say or don’t say in therapy?

I absolutely want you to talk with me about it. How you experience me and therapy is an important part of our work together. The therapeutic relationship is real in itself, I’m human and I’m an imperfect person. How you experience myself and therapy is also connected to your pain and struggle. Taking the step to talk about something that has upset you takes courage, but I will support you and listen to you. Talking about it can help us understand you and your struggles and inner conflicts more, which can lead to healing and growth.

Do you take insurance?

No, I don’t. You will need to contact your provider to see if Registered Psychotherapists are partially or fully covered. I will provide you with receipts so that you can be reimbursed.

What are your fees?

If you go to “Work with Em” you’ll see this and other useful information there.