FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COACHING, COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Coaching is an excellent motivational tool that keeps you on track to reaching set goals starting where you are now, without looking back. However, a quarrel with a sibling… an absent parent in childhood… a string of toxic partners and friends… an inner judgement that others are doing better than you, real-life situations that can trigger uncomfortable feelings revealing the need for further exploration in a safe and holding space, so they are better understood. Figuring out how and why they hold you back enables the removal of blocks that prevent you moving forward.
This is where counselling and therapy come in. Between them, wanting to paraphrase a beloved tutor:
"Your life is like a house. Counselling opens a room and looks inside. Psychotherapy opens every room and the basement, digging deeper into the foundation."
I am here for you, whichever journey you choose to embark on.
WHAT GOVERNING BODIES DO YOU ADHERE TO?
I am BACP Registered Counsellor (MBACP) and UKCP accredited psychotherapist and abide the BACP Ethical Framework and UKCP Code of Ethics.
WHAT LANGUAGES DO YOU PRACTICE IN?
I hold sessions in English and Romanian. I also speak French and Spanish. I have extensive personal experience in dealing with the difficulties of changing countries and building/rebuilding your life in a foreign country.
WHERE ARE YOUR SESSIONS HELD?
My private practice for face-to-face sessions is in Ealing, West London, easily accessible by public transport.
Free street parking is available.
I offer session via skype, zoom and, in certain circumstances, walking sessions.
IS THERE ANY FLEXIBILITY IN YOUR PRICING?
My hourly rate is £65 for a 50-minute session. I offer limited concessions for low income clients and students for a mutually agreed period of time. This can be discussed during our first interaction.
CAN I BECOME DEPENDENT ON THERAPY?
Some clients who experienced severe trauma or lack of safety in relationships may experience a temporary dependency on the therapeutic relationship. In this process the therapist becomes a secure base to the client by providing the holding space for the client to explore themselves and find their own way of moving forward. The dependency ceases once the client re-establishes healthy boundaries and safety in their lives outside the therapeutic space.
WHAT IF I CHANGE MY MIND?
Occasionally the therapist and the client may not be a good fit and a different therapeutic approach may be more suitable. Should this be the case, it can be explored in the session and resolution found. Your wishes would be respected throughout. Should you wish to end therapy with me, there will be no contractual penalty and I would be happy to either close the sessions or refer you on to one of my esteemed peers.
HOW SOON WILL I SEE RESULTS?
Clients often report feeling better even after the first session having talked openly and feeling heard maybe for the first time. There is comfort in being listened to without judgement or expectations.
The journey to self-discovery and self-actualisation can differ for each individual. I will be walking alongside you and we will work together on developing the tools you need to become who you want to be. With regular reviews, we can discuss whether you feel the results are sufficient for you to end therapy after a set number of sessions or you would like to continue.
No therapist or other health professional can guarantee results or levels of progress. Your journey will depend on: the relationship we build; your commitment, consistency and determination to work through the difficulties that will certainly arise; and my ability to accompany you on your journey towards becoming your best self.