What to expect from therapy

What is therapy?

People seek counselling and therapy for a range of issues, including:

  • Addictions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Bereavement
  • Childhood abuse (psychological, sexual, emotional)
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
  • Depression
  • Domestic abuse issues
  • Eating issues
  • Life changes
  • Loss
  • Low mood
  • Low self-esteem and confidence
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Personal development
  • Phobias
  • Post-natal depression
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Relationship issues (individual or couple)
  • Self-harm
  • Sexual issues
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Stress
  • Suicidal feelings
  • Traumatic experience
  • Work related issues

Our therapists offer a range of different approaches and all work in their own unique way. However, all our therapists recognise the importance of the relationship they aim to build with you. By providing a confidential, trusting, professional relationship your therapist works to help you feel at ease to enable you to work through your issues and difficulties.

The first session

The first session is a two way assessment, both you and your therapist seeing if you can work together. Your therapist will appreciate that you may have intense feelings about attending therapy and will work to help you feel at ease. They will ask questions, working with you to gain an understanding of your issue and what you want to gain from attending therapy. Your therapist will discuss their therapeutic approach, session times, payment, confidentiality and their cancellation policy with you so you have a clear understanding of the way they work.

How many sessions will I need?

It is difficult to predict how many sessions someone requires, as each person has different issues and different needs. Your therapist may well suggest a number to sessions to start therapy, with a review after those sessions, to discuss how you both feel therapy is going. You are free to end therapy at any time, but you may find it beneficial to attend a last session rather than just stopping attending. If you have any concerns about how therapy is proceeding, please contact Sue at The Therapy Rooms. We want you to get the most out of your therapy and are happy to work with you through any issues with your therapist. An average length of therapy is between 8 – 10 sessions, though some people find 1 to 2 sessions are sufficient, while other people attend therapy for over a year.

The small print

Your therapist will not continue with the session if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, as you would be unable to access your true thoughts and feelings, limiting the effectiveness of therapy. Payment should be made by cash, cheque or BACS payment to your therapist either in advance or at the start of the session. If you need to cancel a session, please give a minimum of 24 hours’ notice to your therapist. Any less notice will incur a cancellation fee. This will be discussed with you by your therapist in the first session.

Limits to confidentiality

What you speak to your therapist about is private and confidential. If you tell your therapist anything which leads them to believe you are in danger of your life, or causing serious harm to others they may need to divulge this information. However, your therapist would always try to discuss this with you prior to taking the unusual step of breaking confidentiality. All therapists have a responsibility to work under regular supervision. Any discussion of your sessions within supervision will be confidential and for the purpose of providing you with a good service. At no time will your identity be revealed.