Frequently Asked Questions
What happens at the first session?
The first session is really a chance to get to know each other a little bit and decide on how best to take things forward. We understand that the first session can be daunting. Please contact us to arrange an initial consultation.
Our first meeting will constitute a psychological consultation during which we will discuss your difficulties and begin to making sense of them. Sometimes we need more than one session in order to establish a plan and decide upon the best course of actions.
If we decide that psychological therapy is right for you, we can agree to meet regularly (usually on a weekly basis) for an extended period of time. If we feel that there might be more suitable options or services available to you, we will be able to discuss them during the consultation.
We will never ask you to pay for a service you can access free on the NHS unless you choose to do so for personal reasons or due to unacceptable waiting times for example. We may also suggest that we work alongside other services involved in your care and we will discuss with you the pros and cons of this so that you can make an informed choice.
How many sessions will I need?
This can vary depending on the difficulties you are experiencing and your goals for therapy. At EYP we tend to offer short to medium term work, but longer term therapy is also available. Typically, for short to medium term work, we would arrange 8-12 sessions before a review. However, this will be discussed as part of the initial consultation session.
Therapy can continue for as long or short a time as you wish. Some difficulties typically require more sessions than other, and this would be discussed with you after we have had our initial meeting. We would typically plan a set number of sessions - about eight - and then review. Reviewing the work is an important part of the therapeutic process, to make sure that we are using the right approach and working effectively.
Sessions will differ depending on the mode of therapy we decide to use. We may work more in the here and now, or we may look at where issues have stemmed from in the past. I will be led by you and your needs. As we are trained in a variety of models, we are able to use a range of techniques tailored to your specific needs.
Whatever we do together, we will go at your pace. It can take time to feel safe enough to trust and have confidence in your psychologist so we know you may not wish to tell us everything straight away.
We appreciate that talking about your issues can feel quite challenging at times. Sometimes you will feel lifted after sessions. Other times you may feel a little exhausted. This is completely normal and all part of the process of change.
Is therapy right for me?
Whether it is the right time for you depends on how able you feel to tolerate some discomfort and work through your difficulties despite the possibility of things getting a bit worse before they get better. Of course, this is not something that you will have to do alone - that is why we are here to stand alongside you.
Is therapy private?
All sessions are confidential. The only exception to this is where the clinician feels there is a risk of harm to you or someone else. Please request a copy of our Terms and Conditions for further information.
Fees, Insurance Referrals, Terms & Conditions
Initial Assessment 80-90 minutes £150
Therapy sessions 50 minutes £100
All sessions are to be paid before the session unless funded via insurance where the insurance company are invoiced direct.
All cancelled sessions within 48 hours of the appointment are chargeable please refer to our terms and conditions.