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Calm Sea

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What can I expect after I make contact with you?

I aim to respond to any queries within 48 hours. Usually, I respond much quicker. We will briefly discuss your needs and I will offer you a range of appointment times if this is appropriate. You can let me know which one suits you best. If I cannot accommodate your needs, I will  recommend someone who can.

We have arranged an appointment via e-mail. What will happen next?

I will send you two electronic forms to read and complete; A Client Information Sheet and an Intake Form. Filling in these forms before we meet gives us more time to discuss what is important to you in our initial meeting.

What will happen at the initial individual therapy appointment?

Whilst you wait for your appointment you can help yourself to a hot or cold drink.

During the session we will discuss what brings you to therapy, identify what you would like from therapy and make an initial plan on how we will work together. We will take the session at your pace and my main priority is helping you to feel at ease. Initial appointments take 50-60 minutes. If you think you need a longer appointment, this can be arranged.

I am nervous, can I bring a family member or friend with me to my individual therapy appointment?

I understand that coming to therapy can be anxiety provoking. You might worry about meeting someone new, your mind ‘going blank’ or crying. All of these things are perfectly normal and I will try to put you at ease. Some people like to make a note of what they want to discuss to ease this anxiety. However, this is not a necessity.

You are welcome to bring someone with you who can support you whilst you wait for the appointment. However, I recommend that you attend the appointments by yourself so you can talk freely and we can develop our relationship.

How often do I need to come to therapy?

I recommend weekly or fortnightly appointments initially. This will help us to build a positive therapeutic relationship and make steady progress towards your therapeutic goals.

Once therapy is more established, you may wish to come less frequently. This can be explored at your initial appointment.

Can we have therapeutic contact in-between appointments?

Yes I can communicate with you and offer support at set times via e-mail, text or phone. I will charge a fee for this out of session therapeutic contact. We can explore this option during our initial meeting.

Do you share information about me with other professionals?

No, all of our sessions will be confidential. I will not disclose what you say to me to any other professional, including your GP, without your prior consent. This means that information will not be on your medical records. However, there are a few exceptions to this. For example, if you or someone else is at risk of harm. We will discuss this is more detail in our initial session.

Will you diagnose me with a psychiatric/mental disorder, I am worried about this?

Not unless you specifically ask me to assess you for a disorder. We can discuss this in our initial session. I prefer to understand your difficulties from your viewpoint and help you to recognise the unique experiences that may have contributed to your problem(s).

Can you assess me for a psychiatric/mental disorder?

Yes, I am trained to assess for some disorders: Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders, Depression and Trauma and Stress Related Disorders.

It is best practice for some disorders to be assessed and managed by a multi-disciplinary team of people. I will therefore not assess for the following:

- Neurodevelopmental Disorders (e.g. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder)

- Personality Disorders

- Schizophrenia Spectrum and other Psychotic Disorders

- Bipolar and related Disorders

- Sleep-wake Disorders

- Substance-related and Addictive Disorders

- Neurocognitive Disorders (e.g. Alzheimers)

I have a pre-diagnosed mental disorder, will you offer me therapy?

Yes! Have a look at my therapies page to see if any of the approaches I offer suit your needs. If in doubt, please get in touch with me.

Please note: if you are in regular contact with a Psychiatrist or Nurse, it may be in your best interests to inform them that you are seeking psychological therapy. We can discuss this in your initial appointment.

Can’t find the answer to your question? Contact me today and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

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