What if I cannot attend a session. Will I still be charged?
This should be one of the things you discuss when you make your agreement with your therapist at the start of therapy. It is possible that you may be charged for a missed session.
What happens if I’m going to miss a session when I’m on holiday?
This should also be agreed at your initial session with your chosen therapist. Sometimes a therapist may expect payment for missed sessions including holidays. If you know you will be on holiday in the near future, make sure this is made clear in your agreement.
Will my therapist talk to anybody about what I say in therapy?
Usually what you talk about in your therapy sessions is confidential, however there may be some circumstances that may prompt your therapist to talk to another professional. For example, if there appears to be a serious risk of harm to you or to others.
This is usually done with your permission. These circumstances should be explained to you at the beginning of your therapy.
What information will I have to share with my therapist?
It is your choice what you tell your therapist; however it may be helpful to give them an idea of what has brought you to therapy to enable the process to be effective.
Will the therapist tell my doctor?
Usually not, but many therapists prefer to have your doctor’s contact details in case they feel there is a serious risk of harm to you.
Can I bring a friend?
This is not generally accepted in individual therapy. However, some cultures would not find this a problem, and if there are communication difficulties, it may be helpful to have an interpreter in the room. If you feel you need someone with you, group therapy may be an option for you.
What if I have other questions about therapy?
You can access our confidential ‘Ask Kathleen’ service. This is a confidential service designed for members of the public to discuss any questions or concerns about their therapy. Find out more.