Alexandra Hamm Psychotherapy

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

Counselling tends to be short term work focusing on a specific issue, while psychotherapy is usually longer term work, with a deeper and more wide ranging focus. However, they can both be described as involving a helping relationship.

How does it work?

In both counselling and psychotherapy you are encouraged to talk as freely as you can and your therapist will listen in a way that is attentive and non-judgmental.
Although you may be asked appropriate questions to help develop understanding of your difficulties, you will not be given advice or solutions. Talking in a safe and confidential environment, to someone who is not there to judge or advise, can help you become aware of the patterns of thinking and feeling that influence your behaviour and the choices you make. This can bring greater understanding of yourself and others, more freedom to discover helpful ways of coping with your difficulties and to make changes that might be of benefit.

How to choose a psychotherapist?

It is important that the therapist has undergone thorough training and is accredited with a professional association. Most stringent qualification requirements are demanded by UKCP with its own relevant code of ethics.
The client must also feel comfortable with the therapist who should understand and respect the unique personality and life situation of the client. Only a constructive and collaborative relationship will lead to results. Sometimes it takes more than the initial consultation session for the client to make the decision. The final choice is always with the client.

How do I make an appointment?

Please either telephone or email me to arrange an appointment. We will organise an initial consultation (which will last for about 45 minutes) where you will have the opportunity to talk about your present situation and get to know me. If after this initial assessment session both of us agree to engage in therapy this will take place at an agreed time each week.

How long are the sessions?

Fifty minutes.

Can I come in the evening?

Yes I work in the evenings. I do not work on Saturday and Sunday.

How many sessions will I need?

If your concerns are about a particular issue and quite focused we can contract for short term counselling (6-12 sessions) to help you manage the immediate situation. If your worries are more profound, we might consider working in a more open ended longer term therapeutic relationship.

Is it confidential?

Yes. The only limitation is when there exists a grave of risk of serious harm to someone.

What does it cost?

I charge 50.00 for the initial consultation. Ongoing charges will be negotiated at this initial assessment.

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