Frequently Asked Questions

How does the therapy/ coaching process work?

DO you also work with dads? 

Yes I work with Dads too.

I can support Dads with their own mental and emotional health, or that of their children. 

And/or I can support Dads with making the changes they want to make to how they are parenting their children. 

Like my work with Mums, the focus of the support I offer is in maximising emotional literacy, emotional agility and emotional resilience, particularly shame resilience. Together we will explore themes such as vulnerability (and how being a man, and a Dad, in our culture, can make vulnerability feel particularly challenging), shame, emotional expression and emotional strength, courage, and compassion. 

 

I can also work with couples, who wish to explore any of the above aspects of mental health and/or parenting together. 

How many sessions will I need? 

People work with me for varying numbers of sessions.

Some people feel that just one, or a few sessions feels useful, and others feel that it is more beneficial to work with me for a longer period of time. It is possible for you to arrange either a one-off, or weekly appointment schedules, and at times I am able to offer fortnightly sessions too, although I do not offer these as standard - Please ask me about this if fortnightly is your preference

We will explore options for the frequency/duration of the therapy collaboratively, during our work together.

do you offer sessions to children?

If it is your child who is experiencing difficulties, I will work with you as parents alone. As parents, you are the most important people in your child's life - and I want to keep it that way. In my experience, there is infinitely more possibility of effective, sustainable positive change (for children) by offering psychology services to their parents, rather than to children themselves. Please contact me for more information about this approach for supporting children, if you have any further questions. 

Do you bill through insurance companies?

No, I do not bill through medical insurance companies. Insurance companies use 'illness' language, and indeed they often require therapy/coaching to be described in this way, for them to agree to cover the costs (e.g. The language they use will imply that you to have a 'disorder', 'diagnosis', or 'condition' that they describe as needing 'treatment from' or 'fixing by' a psychologist).

Conversely, I very deliberately approach your mental and emotional health from a 'wellness' perspective, not from an 'illness' perspective - And this distinction matters: In my extensive experience, basing your relationship with a psychologist on an 'illness' framework both disempowers you from feeling able to make positive changes in your own life, and is very likely to make it harder for you to experience long-term positive change. In my experience, investing in your own therapy, and coming at it from a wellness perspective is more effective for you in the long term. 

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