Suzanne Atkinson Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions

What sort of commitment do I need to make to therapy?

If we agree to work together, I will ask you to read and sign a contract that we will agree between us. This will outline the agreed fee, time, place and frequency of our sessions. Therapy will usually be weekly. Payment terms for cancelled sessions and holiday will be agreed in our contract.

What is the process after we first meet?

Our first meeting will allow me to understand your presenting issues and background, and will allow you to decide whether I'm the right therapist for you. As a trainee I need to run any potential clients by my supervisor. She will let me know if there are any concerns or give me the go ahead to work with you. All trainees work this way, and my supervisor sees me regularly to support me with my clinical practise. This first session is also chargeable.

How much does therapy cost?

I hope you understand that as a trainee therapist my fee reflects my experience and is agreed with my training supervisor. I currently charge £25/50 minutes as I am in my fourth year of training. As my training and experience increase, I will raise my fee accordingly and to reflect changes in living/room rental costs. I usually raise my fee at the beginning of each academic year (Sept/Oct).

How long will I need to be in therapy?

I usually work with an open-ended approach, which means that we may not need to establish from the beginning how long we will work together. Therapy can be a slow process, allowing the relationship between us to strengthen and unfold. If you decide that you would like to end the therapy, I ask for at least four weeks notice, and we would work toward that ending together.

How do I know that everything I tell you remains confidential?

I will ask you to sign a confidentiality agreement when we begin therapy. This agreement allows me to share some material from our sessions with my supervisor and within my written work. I would never disclose your identity. As a psychotherapist in training this is an important part of my progression to qualification. All personal data is stored safely and I adhere to GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). For more information, please look at my Confidentiality page.


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