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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Does it work?

CBT is recognised by the National Centre for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the NHS as the most effective therapy for a range of mental health problems. CBT is the most evidenced therapy – extensive research supports its effectiveness for a wide range of problems.

How long does it take?

Clients usually meet with the psychotherapist once a week, with each session lasting for 50 minutes.  The course of treatment will usually last for between 6 and 20 sessions depending on treatment response and the severity and complexity of your problems.

How does therapy begin?

Therapy starts with an initial consultation of around 20 minutes duration, to briefly explore the problems you have been having. Following this, should both you and the psychotherapist consider it to be appropriate, arrangements will be made for you to proceed with therapy.

What can I expect from my first appointment?

This will consist of a more detailed assessment, exploring your problems in more detail and your goals for therapy.  If time permits, the therapeutic process is explained in more detail and then collaboratively both you and the psychotherapist then need to decide if it is appropriate to proceed with CBT therapy.  If it is, then at this stage agreement is made to continue with therapy on a regular basis with booked appointments.

Is there a minimum age?

Clients of all ages are suitable for CBT, from ages 8 to 80 – there is no restriction on who can benefit from CBT.

Is this a confidential service?

Whatever you discuss with your psychotherapist will be kept confidential.  The only exception to this is if its considered that you or somebody else is at risk.  In such circumstances you would be informed that the appropriate authorities will need to be notified.

How much does it cost?

Please contact us for details of our affordable fees

How can I pay for my sessions?

This must be paid for on the day of the session.  While card payments cannot be accepted, therapy can be paid for by cheque, so long as this is supported by appropriate address identification (e.g. a recent bill or bank statement – a driving license is not appropriate).

What am I paying for?

The fee payable per session pays for the psychotherapy received from a BABCP accredited psychotherapist during the session.  In addition, each session fee also includes the considerable time spent on your case between sessions (often exceeding the session time itself), and any time spent on sending you therapy materials etc.

Are any discounts available for multiple treatments?

Unfortunately no block booking discounts are available.  But if you are experiencing problems with paying for therapy then please do discuss this with your psychotherapist who may be able to suggest ways to address this.

Is there anything that I can do to prepare for therapy?

It can be very useful to think about what your expectations for therapy are and what you would like to achieve. Take time to consider what sort of changes you would like to make. It may also be good to make a list of your symptoms, and the kinds of negative thoughts and behaviours you have been experiencing.

Once I stop seeing the therapist does that mean that I will get worse again?

During therapy, clients learn different skills that help them to overcome their problems.  They are then asked to practice these skills during the week until they become part of their everyday lives.  Consequently not only does that mean that clients play an active role in their treatment programme, but when treatment ends, they are able to use the skills and tools they have learned in therapy in their day-to-day lives.

How will I know if CBT is working for me?

Many clients notice a decrease in their symptoms within a few weeks of therapy.  However the exact point of change cannot be predicted as everyone responds differently.  You may be asked to complete questionnaires on a regular basis which help to track your treatment progress.  Those who are particularly motivated to engage in the sessions weekly and complete the suggested work outside of the sessions are more likely to experience a reduction of problematic symptoms more quickly.

What if Im having trouble paying for therapy?

Please contact us to discuss a range of solutions that can help to address this issue