Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a talking therapy that focuses on supporting clients to find solutions to difficulties in their lives, through understanding how their thoughts and behaviours affect the way they feel. By challenging difficult thoughts and experimenting with changes to behaviour, clients can find ways to achieve and maintain their own recovery. The website of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies provides helpful information on CBT.

​What is counselling?

​Counselling is a talking therapy that focuses on providing a space in which clients can explore issues affecting them, without feeling judged or being told what to do. Counselling can help clients understand difficult emotions, and come to terms with past events. More information about counselling can be found on the NHS UK website.

​How many sessions will I have?

​This is up to you and can be discussed with your therapist, but most clients have between 8 and 12 sessions.

What if I don't think it's right for me?

​There is no obligation to continue if you do not think this type of therapy is right for you. Claire would be happy to discuss other options with you.

How can I pay for appointments?

Appointments can be paid for by cash, cheque or bank transfer. Transfers are to be made in advance of each session. Claire is also a recognised Psychotherapist for AXA PPP.

What if I need to cancel an appointment?

Please provide a minimum of 48 hours notice if you need to cancel an appointment. With less notice, 50% of the session fee will be payable. Appointments not attended with less than 2 hours' notice are charged in full.

​What should I expect from my appointments?

This will depend on what approach and aims you have agreed with your therapist. For general information about what to expect from therapy appointments, please see information provided by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.

​What do I need to bring to my first appointment?

You may find it helpful to bring a notebook and pen, and a recording device if you would like to record your appointments.​

​Where can I find out more about how to help myself?

There are many self-help materials available both in print and online. The Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust offers a good range of free self-help booklets. You may also find helpful the list of books recommended by the Reading Well Books on Prescription programme.

Do you offer counselling for couples?

Couples counselling is not something Claire currently offers. Your local Relate branch may be able to offer advice.

Do you see under 18s?

Claire offers appointment to over 18s only. In some circumstances, 17 year old clients who are close to their 18th birthday may offered an assessment appointment. Please get in touch to discuss further.

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