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Space to Talk - Psychotherapy

Maria Alexander PG Dip MBACP FPC

Approach

Beginning therapy starts with an assessment session. This is an opportunity for us to meet and talk, and arrive at an understanding of what you want to achieve from your counselling sessions. The assessment will take 90 minutes, and give us both the opportunity to explore your needs and how therapy may help you.

Following the initial assessment, we will start to meet on a regular basis. This is normally once per week for a session of 50 minutes, at the same time on the same day. We will sit in a quiet, confidential space and talk, or not, about what is on your mind. The exploration will continue at a pace you dictate and you will not be pressured to talk about anything which you do not choose to.

My task as psychotherapist is to help you achieve an understanding of your feelings, not to provide judgement or advice. Psychotherapy is an enabling process: enabling you to a better understanding of yourself, your feelings and behaviours and from there making personal change for the better a possibility.

Your counselling will last as long as you decide it should. There is no minimum or maximum duration for therapy, and it will become clearer as we work together what you want to achieve and when you have done so.