How do I know if you will actually help me?
I see a number of people with many different problems, at different levels of severity. Often problems feel so overwhelming that its hard to imagine that things will get better.
Once we have made contact, I will make an appointment with you for an initial assessment. After that, if I believe there are other things that may be more helpful than therapy, I will recommend them.
How many sessions will I need?
There are evidence-based recommendations for the number of sessions required for common difficulties. My work complies with the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommendations, applicable to NHS standards. You can find these here: https://pathways.nice.org.uk/pathways/common-mental-health-disorders-in-primary-care
This is anything from 6 to 30 sessions depending on complexity. However, I am open to discussing the number of sessions if you have any doubts or concerns about this.
What if I start and then change my mind?
That's fine. Therapy is difficult as it involves talking about things you have buried or have wanted to avoid for a long time.
I would always advise giving it at least 6-8 sessions before making this decision. And I would want you to be honest if it isn't working for you. However, if you enter into therapy without considering it a priority, you won't get much out of it.
Can you prescribe medication?
Psychologists cannot prescribe medication. However, I work closely with a psychiatrist, Dr Mar Grau Escriva who can prescribe or offer medication advice if needed.
Details can be found here