FAQ

Confidentiality?

Anything shared in a session is confidential. The only time this may be compromised is if a therapist has concerns you may be a risk to yourself or others. There would be an open conversation and you would be encouraged to seek further support.

To ensure continued professional development and accreditation, I have to receive regular supervision with another therapist to reflect on my practice. Confidentiality is maintained by anonymising the people we are discussing.

How many sessions will I need?

Numbers of sessions varies but usually anything between 6 to 20 with 10 to 16 being the average. Booster sessions can sometimes be helpful 3 months after therapy has ended.

How often? 

Weekly sessions are important during the early phase of therapy  in order to develop the therapeutic relationship and ensure key concepts are remembered.  Later they  may be fortnightly and towards the end sessions may be scheduled monthly. Some people also like to have booster sessions with longer intervals.

Where are sessions held?

Appointments are offered at my home office in Four Marks or at Pure Alternative Therapy in Alton, Hampshire.

I am also able to offer appointments at your home or your child’s school or college.

I’m not sure what the problem is or if CBT is the best approach?

While CBT can be effective it isn’t the therapy for everyone. If you are unsure about whether it’s for you I am happy to provide more information. Please give  me ring or send an email outlining your specific difficulties and I will be able to advise or suggest alternatives approaches.

What if I’m in crises between sessions?

The Samaritans (www.samaritans.org) can provide urgent support and advice on tel. 116 123 or by email jo@samaritans.org.  The duty GP at your local practice is available for urgent consultations during surgery opening hours. The NHS 111 telephone service is available to access urgent help out of hours.

 Payment?

I offer a free telephone consultation to enable you to decide if CBT could be a helpful approach for you or your child.

Payment is accepted by cash, cheque or bank transfer.

I am recognised by several health insurance companies and can invoice them directly if you have appropriate cover.

Cancelling sessions?

24 hours notice of cancellation is required. Sessions cancelled within 24 hours will be charged at the normal hourly rate.

Email Me

louisebarkercbt@gmail.com

Call Me

07394 824978