FAQs

Sarah Glen - Psychotherapist

How do I contact you?

You can call my telephone number, which is 07899914247. If I am not available, you will be put through to my voicemail where you can leave your contact details and a good time for me to call you back. You can also contact me through this website, by sending me a message on the Contacts page.

How will I know if you are the right counsellor for me?

Looking for a therapist can prove a bewildering and confusing experience. There is a huge array of practitioners offering a variety of services, each with differing jargon laden theoretical perspectives.

However, I would say that above and beyond the variety of approaches offered, the right ‘chemistry’ between client and therapist is the most important ingredient for progress. It can be helpful to make a small selection of practitioners that seem suitable or convenient, and then have an initial assessment with them (these are often free) before deciding who you want to work with. Essentially, it is best to select the person you feel the most comfortable with in terms of being able to trust them and talk to them.

What happens in the assessment session?

An initial consultation doesn’t mean any commitment to therapy.

Coming to therapy can feel daunting for a number of reasons. You may not feel ready to make a regular or long-term commitment, or you may feel overwhelmed, and worry that taking this step could make things worse. You may not know where to start.

On the other hand, you may feel ready to begin therapy and have some clear ideas about what you want from a therapist.

The initial assessment is an opportunity for us to discuss your reasons for seeking therapy. There is no cost as this is not a therapy session. Rather, it is a time to see if we can work together, what your expectations are and whether we feel I can help you.

Will I need Counselling or Psychotherapy?

It is common for people looking for therapy to be unsure of what these terms mean, and more importantly, which treatment they may need. The two terms can be shifting, complex and overlapping, but essentially, I would describe the distinction as following:

  • Counselling:

Counselling often centres on what is happening now – a loss, a dilemma, a worry, work or relationship stress amongst other things.

Therapy can involve working with an issue that is in your awareness, and staying with that problem in a focused way. It can support your desire to understand or change things, or help you come to terms with those things that cannot be changed. Counselling often comprises shorter term work, perhaps up to twelve sessions.

Working through difficulties can increase confidence and wellbeing.

  • Psychotherapy:

At times it becomes clear that issues from the past are underlying current problems. Amongst other things, these issues can affect outlook, relationships, self-esteem and health. If this is the case, longer term psychotherapeutic work could be useful to address the thinking, beliefs, or unresolved feelings that can lead to difficulties resurfacing.

Longer term therapy offers an opportunity to work towards living a more satisfying and resourceful way by enabling you to let go of negative patterns or unhelpful ways of being. The world can look very different when long terms problems are successfully faced.

I work with closely with clients to help them clarify what might be most suitable in terms of treatment, and this is reviewed as the therapy progresses.

What does ‘Integrative’ mean?

I am an Integrative Psychotherapist, which has several meanings:
It means drawing on and blending elements of different theories towards a combined approach, yet still tailoring the therapy to the needs of each person. As a practising Integrative therapist, I do not believe that only one approach works for each client in all situations, and instead I use a subtle and considered mix of approaches to best help each person in their particular situation.
Integrative also has meaning in terms of paying attention to the person as a whole – considering the connection between the mind and the body, listening to verbal expressions and giving attention to non-verbal communications, as well as carefully considering the landscape of each person’s inner and outer world.

Crucially, the term Integrative also refers to the process of integrating the personality: taking disowned, unaware or unresolved aspects of the self and making them part of a cohesive personality – and this is at the heart of Integrative therapy. Recognising and reducing the use of unconscious defense mechanisms that inhibit potential in problem solving, relationships, health maintenance, self expression and engaging with the world is key to therapy. Through integration, it becomes possible to face each moment openly and freshly without the limitations of unhelpful behaviour patterns, beliefs and expectations, and this can radically improve our day to day life and health.

Also, Integrative therapists believe that a warm, equitable and respectful working relationship is the essential crucible for progress

Who is a typical client?

No one and everyone. If you are unhappy and feel the need for help, or if there are thoughts or behaviours you feel you would like to change, you are a typical client.

How long do sessions last?

Therapy sessions are 50 minutes long.

How often will I see you?

Typically sessions usually take place once a week and at agreed time.

How much will it cost?

I charge £45 for per session for individuals, £30 if you are unemployed, and £50 for couples. We can discuss this during the initial assessment.

Where can I see you?

I work out of a practice in West Hove, and also in central Brighton, near St Peter’s Church in old Steine.

How many sessions will I need?

Most often, I will offer an initial six-week contract. After six weeks we will review our progress together and decide whether a further contract would be useful, or if an open-ended arrangement is more suitable.

Do you see couples?

Yes, I do see couples as clients. Couples sessions last for 50 minutes and the session fee is £50. Like individual clients, sessions take place weekly.

Are our sessions confidential?

Sessions are completely confidential except in the following circumstances in line with the code of ethics which I work to:

a) From time to time I will discuss my work with my clinical supervisor. This is standard ethical practice and helps me to work as well as I can with you. My supervisor is bound by the same codes of ethics and confidentiality as myself.

b) If I believe you are at risk of harming yourself or others I reserve the right to break confidentiality in order to prevent harm. I would only do this in extreme circumstances and would always try to discuss this with you first before taking any action.

c) If required by a court of law to give evidence under subpoena.

d) If you tell me of a child who is currently being abused, I will be obliged to notify a child protection agency.

Do you take notes?

I keep short written notes on sessions. They are not identified by name and are stored securely.

What is your code of ethics?

I abide by the codes of ethics of The United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists and the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

Are you qualified?

I am a professionally qualified integrative psychotherapist and my training, academic and professional qualifications are detailed on the About Me page.

Do I need a referral?

No. As I am in private practice, clients contact me directly.

Do you do sessions by Skype?

I have facilities to carry out therapy sessions by Skype. Skype sessions may take place for geographical reasons, e.g. when a client relocates, or if a client has mobility issues. Please contact me if you wish to discuss Skype therapy sessions.

Do you carry out therapy sessions by telephone?

There may be exceptional circumstances where this would be possible. Wherever possible, therapy is best practiced face-to-face.

How can I cancel sessions?

It is important to the progress of therapy that as far as possible, sessions are regular, as it has been shown that regular attendance leads to better outcomes.
If you do need to cancel a session, you must give 48 hours notice or the session fee will be charged for that appointment.

The answer I wanted isn’t here. Can I contact you?

Please do, you can ask me any questions through the contact page.