What is it Like?

Each person is different but there might be some things that are similar for most people when they attend.

I always like to get a good understanding of how your experiences have brought you to this point – even if we decide not to work directly with the past.

We will then discuss the best therapy approach and I will explain it in more detail. I believe that however much you are struggling right now, your mind has come up with an ingenious way of helping you at some point. We just have to work out if it is still helping and if not, find a better way forward.

If we decide on EMDR we will choose the memories we need to process to give you the best outcome and then begin the preparation, which can take from 1 to several sessions, depending on what you’d like to work on. This is followed by the active trauma work and adjusting to feeling better.

If we decide on CBT we will work out a series of experiments and exercises to help you change the things that are getting in the way of your happiness. We will work out together the things that will be helpful for you to do between sessions.

Most people want to know the number of sessions it will take – it is too difficult to answer that at the beginning, but most things will need between 8 and 20 sessions.

Sessions last an hour but we might have to go on a bit longer during some EMDR sessions (at no extra cost) this will be discussed with you if needed.

Sessions are normally weekly but for some issues it might be better to do it more frequently for some of the sessions.

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