FREQUENTY ASKED QUESTIONS

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WHO ARE YOUR SERVICES FOR?

I offer individual psychological therapy for adults.


Referrals for adolescents are also considered on an individual basis, depending on the young person’s age and presenting needs. Parent/Caregiver consultation is usually required to determine the best support option.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING THERAPY?

The first meeting focuses on the assessment of your current circumstances and difficulties. You will be asked to describe your current difficulties, and to say a good deal about yourself both now and in the past. You will also be asked about what you would like to be different in your life or what changes you want to make. Sometimes you may be asked to complete some questionnaires or psychometric tests to help best understand the difficulties described.

    

During the course of therapy, I am likely to draw on various psychological approaches according, in part, to the problem that is being treated and my assessment of what will best benefit you. These approaches include, but are not limited to, Gestalt, cognitive-behavioural, dialectic-behavioural, psychodynamic, system/family, humanistic or psycho-educational. However, my predominant approach to understanding psychological issues is psychodynamic.


Therapy is not focused on giving advice but is rather aimed at helping you figure out what you really want to do with the issues or difficulties you may be facing in your life, on finding, in other words, the best solution for you in relation to the problems you are experiencing.


Participation in therapy can result in a number of benefits to you, including improving interpersonal relationships and resolution of the specific concerns that led you to seek therapy. Working toward these benefits, however, requires effort on your part. 


You may wonder what people talk about in psychotherapy or how talking can help. In psychotherapy you are invited to talk about anything and everything in the most open possible way – including, for example, your night dreams and daydreams. In doing so, you explore the way you understand yourself and others – which may then lead you to make changes. In therapy there is no notion that it is right or wrong to talk about particular topics, and it is important to be able to say whatever comes into your mind.


Psychotherapy does have emotional ups and downs associated with it. The important thing is to commit yourself to regular attendance in advance and that it is not something that gets cancelled for minor reasons. Weekly sessions are recommended, particularly in the early stage of therapy, to best support a beneficial therapeutic experience.

HOW LONG DOES EACH SESSION TAKE?

Each session is approximately 45-minutes in duration.

HOW LONG DOES THERAPY TAKE?

We are all different, so treatment length will vary from person to person. Life is complex - there isn't a 'one size fits all' solution. The more deep seated the problem, the longer it may take. Treatment duration may be better estimated following an initial consultation.

In terms of frequency weekly sessions are recommended to best support a beneficial therapeutic experience.

WHAT ARE YOUR FEES?

Initial consultation: €140

Subsequent sessions: €120

Fees are paid on a session-by-session basis. Payment is currently accepted via PayPal, Revolut, or online transfer.


A standard cancellation fee applies for short-notice cancellations. 

Please contact for fees for specialised clinical assessments.

ARE MY SESSIONS CONFIDENTIAL?

Sessions are treated as confidential. Limits of confidentiality, such as legal requirements, are further outlined during initial consultation. Read full GDPR Statement here.

WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

If cancelling an appointment, please give as much notice as possible. Short notice cancellations or non-attendance of a scheduled appointment will result in a standard charge. Management of frequent cancellations or attendance issues are discussed on an individual basis as appropriate.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

Scheduling an initial consultation is a good place to start. This allows you the opportunity to meet in person, discuss your reasons for seeking support and for us to decide whether I am the appropriate person to offer this support. 


If you would like to enquire about an initial consultation please e-mail me at drorlarichardson@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you. 

HOW IS MY DATA MANAGED?

A full GDPR Privacy Statement can be accessed here.