What Can I Expect?
After our initial phone conversation, an initial session (about 60 minutes) will be booked. You can expect to come away from this first session with some ideas about how we will work together to move forward.
If you are requiring a psychological or cognitive assessment, the process may be a little different, with a longer initial appointment (up to 90 minutes). I will discuss your requirements with you prior to our first session.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
The number and frequency of sessions depends on a number of factors, and is difficult to estimate. However, the average number of sessions needed is between about seven and ten.
How Long Will I Have to Wait?
I do not currently have a wait-list, so will generally will be able to offer you an appointment within the week.
How Confidential Is My Information?
Your information and details of your sessions are confidential. I am the only person you will have contact with at my practice; I keep records of our sessions secure. I do have regular meeting with my professional supervisor; however, identifying information is not discussed.
Limits to confidentiality can occur if you are at risk of physically hurting yourself or someone else; in this case, in order to protect you, it may be necessary to disclose information. Except under exceptional circumstances, however, this would occur with your collaboration.
Of course, it may be that you choose to have your information shared with others, in the form of letters or reports to other professionals eg. GP. psychiatrist, or perhaps sharing important information with family members. This is under your control.