Frequently asked questions and LinksHow do I choose a therapist?
Background research is obviously important - to ensure that the therapist is qualified and registered and competent to deal with your particular issue. If he practises in a particular way - psychodynamic for example - you can research this to see if that approach suits you. Most important of all is: do you feel comfortable talking to this person about personal matters; do you feel you can work well together? If you don't then look for someone else. You can speak to several therapists on the phone to get a feel of what they are like. If you do decide to see someone, it can be helpful to start with a few sessions and review after this to decide whether to continue or not. Trust your instinct.
How do I know when to stop therapy?
This will emerge as your therapy progresses. You may feel you just want to work on a specific problem and you may find that a few sessions brings resolution. There may be work you wish to do that requires longer term therapy. As this progresses, you and your therapist will get a sense together of when you are ready to complete the piece of work you have been doing.
Can I bring someone else along?
Normally, I start working individually. If, during the therapy, it becomes clear that another person such as your partner is playing a significant part in the issues you bring, then we can, by mutual agreement, arrange one or more 'couples' sessions.
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