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Therapy FAQS

  • What is therapy?
    Therapy, also known as counselling or psychotherapy, is a collaborative process between a therapist and a client aimed at improving mental health and well-being. It involves talking about thoughts, feelings, behaviours, and experiences to gain insight, develop coping skills, and make positive changes.
  • How can therapy help me?
    Therapy can be beneficial for various reasons, including managing symptoms of mental health conditions (such as depression or anxiety), coping with difficult life events or transitions, improving relationships, increasing self-awareness and self-esteem, and enhancing overall quality of life.
  • How do I know if I need therapy?
    There's no definitive answer to this question, as it depends on each individual's circumstances and needs. However, you might consider therapy if you're experiencing persistent distress, difficulty functioning in daily life, relationship problems, significant life changes, or if you simply want to explore personal growth and self-improvement.
  • How do I find the right therapist?
    Finding the right therapist involves considering factors such as your unique needs and goals for therapy. The therapist's qualifications, experience, therapeutic approach, and personality fit. Understanding if the chosen therapist has supported client's overcome similar difficulties to you. You can start by asking for recommendations from trusted sources, searching online therapist directories, or contacting your insurance provider for a list of covered providers.
  • How long does therapy last?
    Each 1-1 therapy session will last for 50-60 minutes long. The duration of how long you are in therapy varies depending on each individual's needs and goals. Some people may only need a few sessions to address a specific issue, while others may benefit from longer-term therapy to work through deeper-rooted issues or to maintain ongoing support.
  • Is therapy confidential?
    Yes, therapy is confidential, meaning that what you discuss with your therapist will be kept private. However, there are legal and ethical exceptions to confidentiality, such as if there's a risk of harm to yourself or others, or if there's suspected abuse or neglect of a vulnerable person.
  • What can I expect in a therapy session?
    In a therapy session, you can expect to discuss your thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a safe and supportive environment. Your therapist may ask questions, offer insights and perspectives, teach coping skills, and provide guidance to help you towards achieving your goals. Your therapist should be your positive cheerleader helping you to live a healthy fulfilling life.
  • Can I contact my therapist in between sessions?
    Therapists need to adhere to and maintain professional boundaries to ensure the therapeutic relationship remains focused on the client's needs during scheduled sessions. Contact between sessions can blur these boundaries. Regular contact between sessions might foster dependency on the therapist, which can hinder the client's ability to develop coping skills and self-reliance. Contact outside of sessions should only be regarding rescheduling or cancelling appointments.
  • Who can I contact if I'm in a crisis?
    THJ is not a crisis service, If you need mental health support right now, please check out recommended 24/7 helplines and call a support service near you. If you think your life or someone else’s is at immediate risk, call your local emergency services.
  • What types of therapy are available?
    I work off an Integrative Therapy approach and work with Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy and Person Centred / Humanistic Therapy. Each approach has its own techniques and focuses, so it's essential to find one that aligns with your needs and preferences.
  • How much does sessions cost?
    The cost of sessions depends on your current financial status, whether you are in full-time or part-time employment or are currently studying. Those who are in full-time employment (£45.00 per 1-1 session) and those who are studying or working part-time (£35.00 per 1-1 session).
  • Where does the TFJ brand name come from?
    Our brand name 'The Flawed Journey' reflects the common feeling of being flawed, damaged and not good enough by life's trials. In my therapy practice, we embark on a transformative journey together. Instead of hiding behind masks of perfection, we bravely confront our flaws.
  • Who is The Flawed Journey suitable for?
    TFJ creates a safe, non-judgmental space for adolescents / teens and adults who are ready to strip it right back and get support for their mental health difficulties and willing to get to a place where they feel empowered to their best version of self.
  • What happens in a consultation call?
    In a Free 30 minute consultation call, we have a very brief informal chat regarding your reasons for reaching out for sessions, your goals for therapy and I will talk you through my style of work and all the important information regarding sessions and answer any questions you have. This call allows us to see if we are a suitable match for one another prior to starting work together. It can help you to feel at ease before the first session knowing who you will be speaking to and what to expect.
  • What happens if I need to cancel or reschedule a session?
    We have a 48 hour cancellation policy, you will get an email reminder 48 hours prior to your appointment time. If you wish to reschedule or cancel your session you must provide a minimum of 48 hours notice. If you wish to cancel or reschedule and fail to provide the notice period of 48 hours, unfortunately you will be expected to pay a full session fee.
  • How often will I need to attend sessions?
    When first starting sessions, it can be helpful to start sessions on a weekly basis. I usually work with clients for 4 weeks doing weekly sessions and then we have a check-in review and see where you are at this point and then if you wish to change the frequency of sessions you may do fortnightly and then monthly. Once you get to a place where you feel sessions are no longer needed, we have one last session together to wrap things up and reflect on your journey from beginning to end.
  • How do I book sessions?
    You can book on our website by clicking here or you can email me here to help you get booked in at a time convenient to you.
  • What types of sessions do you offer?
    We offer our services via secure platforms such as Zoom Video Call and WhatsApp for Audio Calls for end to end encryption. This means there is an extra layer of security stopping strangers, including hackers, from accessing this data or information.
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