FAQs About Therapy

What should I do now?

I’m afraid that as Dr Clerkin is retiring, he won’t be offering new appointments to any new enquiries. But if you search for “Private Clinical Psychologists or Mental Health Therapists in Chester” you should find some other options.

But, to get a sense of what therapy involves, please read the sections below, for guidance.

Sorry we can’t offer anything further.

What does therapy involve?

At its simplest, therapy is a conversation between the client and the therapist, where the therapist uses their training and skills to assist the client in overcoming the difficulties that have been causing them concern or distress. However, it is not a passive process: you, the client, will be required to play an active part in and between the sessions if you are going to be able to benefit from the help offered. But don’t worry, we will be there to guide and support you where necessary.

What will I be asked about in the sessions?

Clinical psychologists ask clients about their worries, the things that have been upsetting them or causing them to feel down, and to provide some information about their understanding of the background to these difficulties. We then use our knowledge of psychological theories and therapeutic techniques to help people to understand and cope with thoughts, feelings, and behaviours in relation to their difficulties.

How can therapy help?

Therapy can help clients to recognise how what they are doing (or not doing) in reaction to the problem might be keeping them ‘stuck’ or trapped in a vicious cycle.

Over the course of therapy, you may be asked to do ‘homework’, which usually means thinking about things suggested by your therapist, sometimes taking action on this, and making notes.

The benefits of therapy result from a number of factors, including the interaction between the therapist and client.

How many sessions will I need?

This varies according to the type of difficulty that you are experiencing and its severity. Normally, following assessment, we can give you a better idea of how long therapy may take, but a reasonable estimate is between 5 and 15 sessions. We will review this with you as therapy progresses.

Sessions normally last one hour, although the initial assessment (and some EMDR sessions) may take up to one and a half hours. All sessions, whether an hour or longer, are charged at the same rate.

How much do sessions cost?

Most self-funded therapy sessions in this area are charged at between £100 and £125 per session, payable at the end of each session by cash or debit/credit card. If your therapy is funded by an insurance company or other third part organisation, charges will be higher due to the need for greater administration requirements, supplementary reports, etc.

What sort of help can I expect?

Before we give advice about ways we may be able to help, we want to be sure we have understood the problems and shared our understanding with you. Most clients find that having a clear, agreed picture of the problems is, in itself, a major step forward in knowing what to do about them. Towards the end of your assessment, we will discuss the options for further help with you in more detail. This may include approaches such as:

  • helping you to cope better with worries, for example by teaching you relaxation techniques you may not already know.
  • helping you explore the ways you think about your problems and the effects this thinking has on how well you cope.
  • helping you to manage some aspect of stress or medical treatment better.

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