What to expect

I offer appointments in safe, comfortable and private rooms either in Swansea or Cowbridge, whichever suits you best. Each session will be 50 minutes long. Our meetings will be held in professional confidence.

I am bound by the British Psychological Society Code of Ethics and Conduct. This means my work is based on principles of respect, competence, responsibility and integrity.

Initial assessment

I will listen to your problems and concerns, recent and long-standing. I will ask questions about how the difficulties started, what makes things better or worse. We will talk about the past to understand how this is echoing in the present.

Depending on what you bring to the meetings it may take one or two sessions to complete an initial assessment. Once the assessment is complete I will share my thoughts about your concerns with you and suggest options for therapy. I will explain what the therapy would involve and how many sessions it would be likely to take. It is always up to you whether we continue working together at this point.

If I don’t feel that I am able to help you in the way that you want or need I will be clear about this.

Therapy

The therapy will be tailor-made to fit your individual concerns and needs, so it is not easy to describe a “typical” session. There will be space every week for you to talk about what’s important to you.

Brief therapy may look mainly at relieving the symptoms of emotional distress. This may involve you making detailed recordings of your symptoms between sessions and learning new coping strategies during sessions. There can be a focus on behaviours, feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations.

You may wish for more in-depth work looking at repeating patterns of problems in your life. This would involve initially developing an understanding about the difficult patterns in order to free yourself to find different ways of being.

You may have more existential questions about who you are and your direction in life. This is something we could also work on together.

The Therapeutic Relationship

The therapeutic relationship is an important part of the work we will do together. By talking about what feels more or less comfortable we can make the most of our time together. We will also spend time thinking about the end of therapy and any issues this may raise.

Between Sessions

Agreeing to work together therapeutically is a commitment. We both need to set aside protected time each week to focus on this work together. To get the most benefit from therapy you will also need to spend time reflecting between sessions, sometimes completing therapeutic tasks or “homework”.

With time, working together, I hope we can make the changes you need in your life.