How do I arrange a consultation?
If you feel that you would like to talk me about therapy sessions then please use the contact information and arrange a consultation. During this consultation we can discuss what has brought you to therapy and what you would like to gain from the experience.
Do I have to pay for a consultation?
Consultations are free and do not require any commitment to continuing therapy. Consultation is a time to understand the therapists approach and get a sense of how you communicate and outline your therapeutic goals. It also gives me the opportunity to answer any questions you might have or respond to concerns about therapy.
Why would I want to talk to a therapist?
During the pandemic there have been a number of factors which may heighten existing mental health issues. Depression and anxiety can be triggered through times of uncertainty and change. It might also seem more challenging to feel like you are handling issues alone. Alternatively you might have been thinking about therapy and want to research which therapist would suit your lifestyle and needs.
How can I find a therapist?
There are many ways to find a therapist. You may have been recommended a therapist through a GP or workplace. It may also be a good idea to have a look through online counselling directories and search through profiles and take time to see which professional appeals to you. Many people choose to pay for one session which gives you the space and time to think about whether a therapist is right for you.
What should I be looking for?
There are no 'rules' to finding a therapist. Often research is readily available online about what therapy may suit your needs. Most of the time you are looking for the connection and 'spark' which will enable a healthy and professional working relationship. Only the client can decide whether the therapist is right or wrong and it can take time to get it right.
What happens in a therapy session?
Due to Covid-19 consultation sessions can take place online or with a telephone call. We can then decide the safest way to conduct therapy sessions. For more information on Art Therapy please click here to be taken to the British Association of Art Therapists website which will provide current information about Art Therapy.
Most therapy sessions start with a short 'check-in' to cover the most important aspects of your week or topics that have been present in your every day life. Sessions will then continue to work around topics that are decided by you, the therapist will aim to reflect, discuss and understand your experience. As the session comes to a close it is necessary to have a period of reflection to ensure that you are feeling able to end the session in a planned manner.
How does confidentiality work?
Art therapists adhere to HCPC 'standards of proficiency' and art therapists are accountable for their actions and have insurance to ensure both client and therapist are protected. During therapy there may be rare occasions where the therapist will inform you that confidentiality will be broken.
Harm to self or others. If a therapist believes that you are in imminent danger of hurting yourself or someone else, a family member, police or ambulance will be called to ensure safety.
A child under the age of 16 or older adult in care is in danger.
Your files are subpoenaed by the court or by the Health Care Professionals Council
A client experienced a health emergency during a session. In this case, medical staff would be provided only with necessary information. No information about why a client is in therapy will be shared.