frequently asked questions


What happens in therapy?

Psychological therapy, such as treatments like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), are generally referred to as talking therapies. Therapy involves working with a trained psychological therapist to improve the difficulties you are experiencing. Your clinician will always aim to treat you with compassion, warmth and respect. It is our intention to ensure your sessions are a safe, supportive and comfortable experience for you.

Here at Essex Psychology Practice we offer a collaborative approach to treatment, which means both you and your therapist work together as a team with the shared aim of easing your difficulties and working towards a positive change. You will be encouraged to provide feedback throughout the course of therapy so that your therapist is able to work with you in the most effective and helpful way possible.

Do I need to commit to a fixed number of sessions?

It can be difficult to predict the length of therapy as each individual and their needs are unique.

During your first session you will have an opportunity to discuss what brings you to therapy and what you hope to work on. Your clinician and you will then be able to discuss how therapy sessions can help you towards creating change.

As part of your treatment plan, you will be able to speak with your clinician about whether you would prefer to dedicate to a set number of sessions or whether you would prefer a more organic and less structured approach to therapy. Ultimately, the choice is yours and it can be discussed with your clinican. 

The therapy plan generally guides treatment. It will be reviewed regularly, with any adjustments openly discussed. If you are dissatisfied or you experience changes in your financial situation, you can always cancel your sessions without judgement. Please feel free to discuss this with your clinician.

How long does a therapy session last for?

Sessions are 50 minutes in length. On occasions, you may agree with your clinician to have a longer session. 

In the event of a longer session, this will be agreed beforehand along with the adjusted fee for the session.

How and when do I pay for therapy?

Payment for sessions can be made by bank transfer, cheque or cash. We regret that at present we do not have the facility to accept card payments.

Payments by cash or cheque are to be made at the time of the appointment, with cheques made payable to the name of your clinican. Bank transfer details are available on request and payments need to be received before the appointment.

What is our cancellation policy?

We operate a strict 24 hour cancellation policy. Appointments cancelled within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment will be charged the full session fee. 

There will be no charge for cancellations with more than 24 hours.

Will my personal information be treated confidentially?

Any information that you share with your clinician will be kept strictly confidential. All of our therapists are chartered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registered with the HCPC. They adhere to the BPS' and HCPC's codes of conduct regarding the protection of confidential information.

In rare situations, your clinician may have a professional duty to extend the boundaries of confidentiality. Situations where this may be necessary include there being a risk of harm to yourself or to someone else, this may also include if your clinician has concerns for your physical health. Where possible, your clinician will discuss any concerns they have with you first.

Can I use private health insurance to cover the cost of therapy?

We are in the process of registering with different private health insurance providers. Unfortunately until this process is complete, any therapy through Essex Psychology Practice would not be covered by your policy.

What is EMDR?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. It is a therapy used to help people recover from distressing events and the problems they have caused, like flashbacks, upsetting thoughts or images, depression or anxiety.

The aim of EMDR is to help the brain “unstick” and reprocess the memory properly so that it is no longer so intense. It also helps to desensitise the person to the emotional impact of the memory, so that they can think about the event without experiencing such strong feelings.

Please use the link below for more information on EMDR.

What is CBT?

CBT stands for Cognitive Behavioural Therapies. CBT includes a range of talking therapies based on the theory that thoughts, feelings, what we do and how our body feels are all connected. If we change one of these we can alter the others.

When people feel worried or distressed we often fall into patterns of thinking and responding which can worsen how we feel. CBT works to help us notice and change problematic thinking styles or behaviour patterns so we can feel better. CBT has lots of strategies that can help you in the here and now.

Please use the link below for more information on CBT.