Frequently Asked Questions
For how long will I need therapy or counselling?
Different people choose to engage in therapy or counselling for different lengths of time. I am able to offer either short or long term therapy or counselling. This can be discussed together during the initial consultation and can be reviewed as the treatment progresses. Long-term treatment is on an open-ended basis and the ending of the treatment is normally agreed and planned together in advance.
How often will I need to attend sessions?
In order for this type of work to be beneficial a minimum of one session per week is needed. At times, more frequent sessions may prove to be appropriate in order to work at a greater depth and intensity.
What is meant by the term psychodynamic?
This refers to the model of therapy and counselling based on the principle that problems and distress in the present may be related to experiences in the past of which we may no longer be aware. Psychodynamic therapy and counselling will help you to resolve painful situations in the present by exploring their roots in the past.
How is it different from CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)?
In psychodynamic therapy and counselling the therapist is not directive and does not usually give advice. The relationship between the therapist and the patient is a key element of the treatment. The psychodynamic approach is particularly helpful for those whose symptoms are more pervasive, less specific and more longstanding.
What is the evidence for the benefits of psychodynamic therapy and counselling?
There is a growing body of evidence as to the benefits of the psychodynamic approach. For example, Shedler,J (2009) "The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy", in American Psychologist. Shedler examines the empirical evidence and finds that it supports the efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy. Moreover, patients maintain their therapeutic gains and appear to continue to improve after treatment ends.