How can therapy help me?
What problems can private therapy help with?
Therapy can allow a person to develop more understanding of themselves and their problems, by talking their experiences through in a safe, non-judgemental space. This process can allow people to identify and develop new, more helpful ways of thinking and skills in managing their emotions.
Some people may choose to focus on a specific problem, such as overcoming a phobia. For others, it may be a challenging time in their life, such as loss, bereavement, work stress or coming out or ongoing problems like self-esteem issues, unhealthy relationship patterns or past traumas. Some people may find it hard to put into words why they want therapy at all and therapy can be useful in offering a supportive and non-judgemental space that allows people to make sense of their experiences and express their thoughts and feelings in a healthy, useful way.
Accessing private psychological therapy can be useful in working through past and present problems and planning for your future and Danielle draws on a broad range of psychological and psychotherapeutic expertise to offer a therapy plan tailored to you and your needs.
For therapy to be most helpful, it needs to be held at the same time each week. Danielle does her best to accommodate the time that best suits you. As there are limited time slots available, if you are going on holiday or need to miss a session, you must give 7 days notice or the fee will still be payable.
Is therapy a cure?
Therapy is a safe, non-judgemental space in which you can work through issues and difficulties with the view of achieving greater life-satisfaction and wellbeing. However, it is not a cure or a quick fix. Danielle is a highly trained professional who will use evidence-based psychological interventions to support you to take control of your life and make the changes that you want.
Who has private therapy?
People from all walks of life access private therapy and can help with a broad range of problems. In order for therapy to be useful to you, you need to be able to commit to weekly sessions for the duration of the time that you and Danielle have agreed. You can self refer by contacting Danielle using the details provided on this website. However, you do need to be registered with a GP.
Anything you share with Danielle is confidential. However, if you say something that makes Danielle think that either you or somebody else is at risk, it may be necessary for her to contact either the police or your GP. Danielle would always try to talk to you about this first and is committed to working as transparently as possible. The confidentiality policy will be discussed in more detail in your assessment.
How long would I have therapy for?
The amount of time for which you would access therapy depends on you and what you are looking for. If you wish to focus on a specific problem, it may be appropriate to schedule a brief period of solution-focused therapy of 6-12 weekly sessions. However, this approach is not suitable for all issues and you may find ongoing therapy of 6-12 months or more to be most helpful. You can discuss this during your consultation. Danielle is a HCPC registered psychologist, bound by the conduct and ethics and therefore is not able to offer sessions beyond what is deemed to be helpful to that individual.
Each session is 50 minutes long. Sessions must be held weekly, in accordance with best practice guidelines for developing the therapeutic relationship and allowing the most useful interaction.
Choosing to begin therapy - what will happen?
You may feel nervous about starting therapy, especially if you have never had therapy before and do not know what to expect. That is why Danielle offers a free 30 minute telephone consultation within 48 hours of you making contact that will allow you to discuss what you are looking for. Danielle will do her best to make you feel comfortable and welcomes any questions you might have. If you and Danielle decide that therapy together may be beneficial to you, you can schedule your first appointment in her central London office.