frequently asked questions
How can you help me?
If you are reading this, you probably want to change something about yourself, or about your personal or professional life. The way I work puts our relationship at the heart of what we do together. Within this trusted and confidential space, the breadth and depth of my training enables me to help you understand your current challenges and your experiences from the past, in order to make sense of what is troubling you in the present. Experience shows that this can have life changing outcomes for clients, and I always feel privileged to be part of the journey.
How are Coaching and Psychotherapy different?
This is a sensible and commonly asked question, and perhaps the best place to start is with how they are similar. People tend to seek the help of a coach or a psychotherapist because they have something they wish to be different. I believe each profession can be equally successful in helping people achieve their goals, dependent on the nature of the original difficulty, and the person's individual experiences and circumstances.
For some clients, making professional progress with a coach proves not to be enough, and the expected sense of personal freedom or happiness fails to emerge, or they still feel frustratingly 'stuck'. Perhaps the work has highlighted or exacerbated difficulties in other, unexpected, areas of life, or within relationships. In such cases, there may be more deep rooted blocks or barriers to achieving long term, sustainable behavioural and psychological change. While many coaches can work with this effectively, some people may find they benefit from sessions with a psychotherapist, who is trained to provide a safe, emotionally contained and ethical space, to help people explore areas of discomfort at much deeper levels.
As a qualified and experienced practitioner of both coaching and psychotherapy I'm able to help you discover the approach that feels right for you. For some clients this may be 'pure psychotherapy', whereas others may benefit from an integrated form of both coaching and therapy, that I (and others with similar training and backgrounds to me) like to call 'therapeutic coaching'.
What happens when I contact you?
We'll have an initial free of charge chat about how I can help.
How many sessions do clients normally have with you?
This really varies dependent on what a client's presenting difficulties and circumstances are, and the client's goals for therapy or coaching. I work with clients in short-term contracts for a few months, through to open-ended long term relationships that may continue for several years. If you're new to therapy or coaching, often we will originally contract for an initial 6 sessions, and continually review how it's working for you.
Will you tell anyone what I tell you?
We will contract for full confidentiality together. The only time I would break this agreement is if I felt that you were in immediate danger of harm, and I would always aim to discuss this with you first.
How often will we meet?
Psychotherapy sessions take place once a week, and each session lasts 50 minutes. Coaching may take less frequently, but last for a longer 85 minutes. Group coaching sessions are uniquely designed and tailored on a case by case basis.
How much does it cost?
My fees are competitive within the field, reflective of my experience, background, and training and qualifications. Please contact me for further details.