Frequently Asked Questions
What does counselling or psychotherapy cost?
My hourly fee for sessions is £50.00 regardless of whether the session is in the daytime or the evening.
How do I pay?
I can take payment by cash, internet banking, or debit/credit card and I ask that you pay on the same day you attend a session.
How long do the sessions last?
The sessions last for 50 - 55 minutes.
Can you provide CBT as an Integrative Psychotherapist?
My training has included CBT elements and so I can and do integrate aspects of CBT into the way that I work. Although please note that I do not work using CBT models and techniques in isolation.
What therapeutic models do you draw on when working with clients?
I draw on a range of therapeutic models when working with clients as follows: Transactional Analysis, Psychodynamic Therapy, Attachment Therapy, Person-Centred, Existential Theory, Neuroscience, Trauma based research, Mindfulness and CBT.
What initiates change?
I think what is key to change is about building a trusting, safe and empathic relationship with a client. Central to change is the experience of a therapeutic relationship where a client feels accepted, listened to, and validated for who they are without feeling judged. I also think working collaboratively on agreed goals and aims empathically, along with challenging a client's thoughts, behaviours and feelings, and the repetitive patterns which underpin distress will also help. When this is experienced with integrity, compassion, humour and sensitivity the outcome is change.
How often should I go to counselling?
I generally advise weekly sessions. This provides the opportunity to get to know each other and develop trust. Attending weekly also helps to ensure that you get the most out of the therapeutic work as quickly as possible. Some clients may require sessions more than once a week and I am happy to work in a way that promotes safety and security if this is something you think you need.
How many sessions will I need?
This depends on the nature of the problem or issues you are trying to resolve, and what you have come into therapy for. Some client's prefer to work on issues in the short term, for example having sessions for 6 to 8 weeks. Whereas others might want and need open ended and more long term work. Initially it might be useful to have a session and see how you feel about returning. This will give you an opportunity to assess whether my approach is helpful to you and how comfortable you feel about working with me. I generally suggest to clients, that we work in an open ended way, reviewing progress at regular intervals. This means the number of sessions that you wish to have is your choice.
Do I have to commit to a certain number of sessions?
The short answer is no you don't. Many people experience relief or resolve some issues within a couple of months of receiving sessions, although sometimes for more complex issues the therapy may take longer. If you are concerned about the number of sessions you may need, you can discuss this with me or send me an e-mail to inquire about this.
I don't know if I will feel comfortable speaking to a counsellor or psychotherapist about my issues?
For therapy to be really effective it is important for you to feel safe and comfortable talking about what your problems are. The first session we have together would really be an information gathering session, about what is troubling you, as well as gaining some background information about you. The sessions will go at your pace to ensure that you feel safe and comfortable.
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy
Generally counselling is for shorter term work where a counsellor will explore with you one or two issues which are troubling you, and you are able to reach a resolution over several months or maybe even less. Psychotherapy is concerned with working on past traumatic experiences, along with patterns of thoughts and feelings which are creating unresolvable distress in a person's life, and their relationships and this requires much longer term work . A psychotherapist is required to undergo a much longer period of intensive training.
Why are the hourly rates for counsellors and psychotherapists so high?
There are several reasons, one of which is that counsellors and psychotherapists can only see between about 10 to 20 clients a week due to the nature of the work, and the emotional and reflective processes involved. Furthermore, the client work doesn't just take place within the session, there is a period of reflection afterwards to evaluate what has been attended to or maybe even missed which might need to be picked up on in the next session. The client work is also discussed anonymously with a supervisor, and this too takes up time in terms of reflection, and paying for supervision. Counsellors and psychotherapists invest considerably with regard to the cost of their training, and ongoing professional development and work on a self-employed basis and so incur additional overheads as follows: room hire; supervision costs; website management and development; marketing; membership fees; and continuing professional developmental training.
How do I contact Lorraine Davis at Insight Counselling?
You can call me on 0771 3485407 or you can contact me by e-mail by going to "click here to e-mail"". Please do contact me to ask any questions about what I provide, how I work, and what is involved without any obligation to set sessions up.
Where are you based?
I see clients at consulting rooms at 62 High Street, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, MK11 1AQ, and Wellbeing Works, Church Road, Woburn Sands, MK17 8SY.
Counselling and Psychotherapy - Woburn Sands - Milton Keynes - Bedford