How do I know if individual or group psychotherapy is most appropriate for me?

There’s no need to worry if you’re not clear on what’s best for you. At our initial consultation, a large part of our discussion will be devoted to assessing your needs and discussing your options. Many walk through the door thinking they know precisely which modality they prefer and leave with a much different perspective. We suggest that you stay open to both modalities until we’ve had a chance to reflect on what’s best for you. more

Even so, here’s a quick sketch of the two modalities as a starting point
Individual Therapy

  • Entails once or twice-weekly sessions that are one-to-one in nature and last 50 minutes each
  • Allows the client to direct the focus of the therapy sessions more easily
  • Is easier to adapt to medium-term duration strategies (3 -12 months of therapy) but can be open-ended as well.

Group Therapy

  • Entails weekly or twice-weekly sessions consisting of up to 8 clients and the therapist lasting 90 minutes each
  • Allows one to benefit from the experiences of the other clients in the group
  • Assists those who have difficulty interacting socially to practise their social skills
  • Is usually open-ended
  • Is less-expensive than individual psychotherapy

Together, we’ll discuss your options. But, ultimately you decide which approach you’ll follow.

How does psychotherapy differ from psychology and psychiatry?

The integrative style of psychotherapy that I practise works with individuals within a framework that deals with both conscious and unconscious material. This is because the influences that impact our behaviour and emotional state are often buried or have become so automatic that they escape conscious awareness. However, some psychotherapeutic work, like pattern recognition in addiction, is conscious in orientation. Psychotherapy is concerned with both the alleviation of symptoms and the emotional and personal development of individuals. Psychotherapy works over treatment periods ranging from 3 months to several years.

Psychology is a form of therapy that tends to focus on shorter periods of treatment (3 – 12 months) and works primarily on a conscious level to develop strategies for alleviation of symptoms.

Psychiatry works on a medical model that usually uses medication to improve symptoms.

Will I have to pay for an initial consultation?

There is a charge of £125 for the initial consultation.

How do I know how long therapy will take?

It’s usually best not to prejudge the length of therapy too greatly. The length of therapy is something that can be discussed during the initial assessment.

What code of ethics do you follow?

We follow the code of ethics of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. Follow its link in the ‘Resources‘ section for more information.

Would our sessions be confidential?

Confidentiality is the hallmark of psychotherapeutic relationships. Clients must feel free to explore their lives in complete candour without fear of judgement or persecution. The confidentiality of our sessions will be discussed in detail at our initial assessment.

At your initial assessment, we’ll discuss the options so that you can decide what’s best for you.

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