Dr Georgina Gould | Frequently Asked Questions
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Frequently Asked Questions

I’m looking for a therapist, why should I come to you?

Research has shown that the relationship between therapist and client is one of the best indicators for a successful outcome in therapy. Therefore, it is important to find the right therapist for you.

My training and experience in a variety of therapeutic approaches means that I am able to offer individualised, tailor-made therapy that best suits your needs, requirements, personality and the difficulties you are facing. My experience with a wide range of emotional and psychological difficulties, combined with knowledge and experience of evidence-based therapeutic methods, means that I am able to offer high-calibre services that are professional and ethical.

Why do therapist’s fees vary so much?

Fees that therapists charge normally depend on their training, qualifications, depth and breadth of clinical experience and psychological knowledge and expertise. Chartered psychologists like me need to have a minimum of 6 years training. This includes an undergraduate degree in psychology and a Doctoral level degree in which they must conduct their own piece of research that contributes to the field of psychology. This is not required of other professionals, such as counsellors, whose training varies between months and years. It is for these reasons that practitioners tend to charge different fees.

What happens when I call or email you?

I offer a free initial phone consultation. If this is something you are agreeable to, it is helpful in this initial consultation to obtain a brief overview of your difficulties and how they are impacting you.

Following this, if you feel comfortable to proceed, we can make an appointment for an initial assessment session where we will discuss your difficulties in more detail (see below).

What happens in the first appointment?

During the first appointment, I will begin to conduct a comprehensive assessment of your struggles, in which we will explore their impact upon your life and wellbeing, why you may be experiencing such difficulties at this time in your life, and what you would like to change. This will normally take one or two sessions. At the end of the assessment, I will share with you my understanding of what we have discussed and what may be the most appropriate way forward therapeutically.

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How long will a session take and how many will I need?

Sessions last for one hour. In most cases, it takes 1 or 2 initial sessions to complete an assessment of your difficulties and assess your goals for therapy. Following this, the duration of therapy depends on the level of your difficulties. Some people come with a specific concern that can sometimes be addressed by working in a short-term, solution-focussed manner. This sort of work can take 4-6 sessions following assessment. However, other people have more wide-ranging concerns or deep-rooted issues that require longer-term therapy. This will be discussed between us during the assessment sessions, but ultimately will always be your decision.

If I come to see you, do I have to commit to a certain number of sessions?

No. People come to see me for a variety of reasons. Some people find it helpful to attend one appointment, just to see whether or not therapy is for them. Others find it helpful to see me for an initial assessment in order to gain understanding of their struggles and why they may be experiencing them at this particular time in their lives. This often takes between 2 and 4 sessions depending on the individual. Others wish to work through their struggles, which takes longer, and some enjoy the open-ended regular support that therapy can offer.

During the initial appointment, we will discuss your concerns, assess your needs and, from there, devise a therapeutic plan together.

Are the sessions confidential?

As a chartered psychologist, I adhere to the clear and strict guidelines laid out by my professional bodies – The British Psychological Society (http://www.bps.org.uk/) and The Health and Care Professions Council (http://hcpc-uk.org/). This means that the content of our sessions and any notes taken during and after the sessions remain strictly private and confidential. This will be discussed in more detail during the initial assessment session, where legal exceptions to confidentiality will also be outlined.

Do I need to have a specific problem to come to therapy?

No. Some people come to therapy because they want to develop a better understanding of themselves, their relationships and the decisions they are taking. Others wish to work on an area in their life that they wish to improve, such as their career or relationships. Many want to explore their thoughts, feelings and emotions with an objective professional. Psychological therapy offers an accepting, non-judgemental environment in which these needs can be met.

I’m not sure if I need therapy, should I come?

Seeing me for an initial session does not commit you to therapy in any way. It is often helpful to attend one or two sessions before making a decision about whether or not therapy is for you.

Does my GP need to know I’m coming to therapy?

You do not have to inform your GP that you are attending therapy, but for ethical and legal reasons, I will ask for your GP details during our initial session. There are certain circumstances where I have a legal and ethical duty to contact your GP, and these will be outlined in the initial session.

Can I refer myself for therapy?

Yes. You do not have to be referred by a GP or another healthcare professional. The decision to come to therapy is yours.

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