FAQ

What difficulties can CBT help with?

CBT is recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) for a number of mental health and emotional difficulties. Please see here for further information: https://www.nice.org.uk or alternatively contact me for a free consultation to see if CBT could be beneficial for you.

What happens after I have contacted you?

Following initial contact I offer a brief telephone consultation of approximately 20minutes during which time we can discuss your current needs, your expectations/goals for therapy and explore what CBT could offer you. At the end of the consultation if we agree that CBT sounds helpful for you we can discuss scheduling our first session.

What does CBT therapy involve?

CBT is a brief therapy and typically ranges from 4-20 sessions dependant on your presenting difficulties/problems and your goals for therapy. The sessions will each last 50 minutes (longer sessions may be required dependant on your difficulties) and it is encouraged that sessions take place on a regular basis in order to maintain therapy flow. Sessions take place face to face or delivered via telephone or video conferencing, the latter of which research has shown therapy outcomes to be as equally beneficial.

During our first sessions we will explore the development and maintenance of your presenting difficulties to formulate and create a shared understanding of your main problem/s.  This formulation will then be used to identify where intervention could be beneficial to break vicious cycles you are experiencing.

My priority as your therapist is to support you to develop skills and strategies to become your own therapist which will ultimately enable you to approach and deal with present/future difficulties in a healthier way to improve your quality of life. Sessions are collaborative, bringing together your expertise of your own difficulties and my skills as a therapist, working together to reduce distress and ultimately improve your quality of life.

Will I be expected to do anything outside of our sessions? 

CBT does involve home practice between sessions to consolidate your learning and to give you the opportunity to apply some of strategies and interventions we have explored together in session to real life situations.Sometimes you will be asked to make notes on the tasks that you’re completing and we will review your home practice in each session to explore barriers, difficulties encountered and hopefully gains you have made.

Are you a confidential service?

As a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist I am bound by the code of ethics of my professional body the BABCP, as well as other regulatory bodies including the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Therefore you can be confident that all information is kept confidential and stored securely within my service. I have a supervisor (who is also BABCP accredited) with whom I discuss my client work as part of best practice; however client details are anonymised as far as reasonably possible.

There are limitations to the confidentiality policy. Where I have concerns that either you or someone else is at risk of harm or your or their wellbeing is significantly impacted I may need to access the support of other organisations for example your GP, Community Mental Health Teams, Adult or Children’s Social Care. Should this arise in sessions we would discuss what action, if any, we would need to take.

How are sessions taking place currently due to COVID-19? 

As per Welsh government and Public Health Wales guidance, at present all sessions are taking place remotely via telephone or video conferencing (Zoom) and I am working from a secure, confidential space.  I work Monday through Friday and have limited availability for evening appointments.

How long are sessions? 

Sessions are approximately 50minute sessions in duration. Longer sessions may be required dependant on your difficulties and this will be discussed prior to the extension of any sessions.

I offer a free brief telephone consultation prior to the commencement of any charged therapy sessions in which we can discuss your current needs, identify your goals and ensure that CBT is the most appropriate therapeutic approach for you.

How do I pay for sessions?

I am registered with insurance providers and therefore sessions may be funded by your insurer; please contact me to see if am registered with your provider. Otherwise, if you are referring privately session payment will be required in advance of the session via bank transfer and session fees will be discussed during the consultation.

What is the cancellation policy?

Clients are required to provide at least 24 hours notice of cancellation of an appointment or they will be required to pay in full for the session. Clients who fail to attend the appointment without prior notification will incur the full cost of the session.

If you have any questions which are not detailed here please feel free to contact me.