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Why would I see a therapist?

 

There can be many different reasons for seeing a therapist: you might be going through a particularly challenging time in your life and need some support; you might feel frustrated by the repetition of certain patterns in your life and relationships, and wish to understand yourself better and make more helpful choices. Also, you might be suffering from certain symptoms and need help with those or have a wish to develop new coping skills; seeing a therapist could be a part of your own process of personal development. Whatever the issue might be, our initial consultation can help you to understand how therapy could be of help and how it might address your current concerns.

 

Why should I choose Steve Whyte?

 

Unlike other therapy platforms, my therapy comes from both a place of knowledge and lived experience. I have a broad understanding on several types of interventions, and an equally broadly-lived life. I only work with a select few number of clients at any one time, and this allows me to be confident in the quality of the therapy that my clients receive and ensure that it meets the highest standards. Many other online platforms operate on a ‘marketplace model’. This means that they have hundreds of therapists of different levels of professional qualification and training, offering therapy through their platform. This is often reflected in either a lower price structure or great variability in fees between therapists leaving users feeling confused. The quality of the therapy you receive will greatly vary as a result. When building my practice, I wanted to ensure that what I offer is completely different, but high standard: You will work with me, you don’t have to worry about speaking to one person one week, and then having to explain your story to someone else the following week. When we choose to partner together, I’m all in, and will journey with you and for you until you reach your goals.

 

Why should I trust an online therapy service?

 

Our online therapy platform is comparable to a physical clinic. We offer the same type of interventions through video conferencing that you would receive in a physical clinic by therapists who are highly qualified, work as part of a team and receive regular in-house clinical supervision.

 

What happens in the first appointment and why is it only 45 minutes?

 

During the first appointment we will have a ‘taster’ session. This session is in place to help us get to know each other before you make a decision as to whether you feel I am a good fit for you. It is also a good opportunity for us to develop a therapy plan for some ongoing sessions, if this is what you decide. I will go through all of the practical information you need to know about how the sessions will work, and there is also an opportunity for us to agree on the goals of our work together and the number of sessions you would like to have in the first instance. The session is shorter in duration because it is an introductory session that is in place to ensure you are well informed about the process and happy to commit to the therapeutic work. It is a way to break the ice before making the decision to engage with a course of therapy.

 

How many appointments will it take to make me feel better?

 

The pace of progress and change differs greatly depending on the nature of your difficulties. Some therapeutic approaches we offer are short-term, so you should be able to notice a change within a few sessions. Other approaches are long-term as they address long standing patterns in the individual that have developed in early life. During the first few sessions, I will be able to give you some guidance about what therapeutic approach is most indicated and the likely duration of the therapy. As a rough guideline, short-term therapy is considered to be between 6-12 sessions and is mainly focused on symptom relief. Medium to longer-term therapy is between six months to a year and is aimed at addressing deeper, underlying vulnerabilities that increase the risk of difficulties resurfacing in the face of adverse life events.

 

Is everything I talk about confidential?

 

Yes, everything you talk about is confidential. The only exceptions to confidentiality are if  I think that you are a risk to yourself or others in which case I may contact other professionals involved in your care, such as your General Practitioner or a next of kin. This will always be discussed with you first. During your initial session, I will cover all of these agreements with you to ensure you given have informed consent.