What to Expect

Taking that first step to seek help through therapy can be hard. But it helps to know what to expect – here are some things to think about before you go to your first session.

Our first session

This will be a gentle intro into the process. It’s a chance to get to know each other, find out if we can work together and explore what’s prompted you to come in the first place. We’ll talk a little about your life history and begin to work out what you’d like to achieve through the process.

Moving forward

If you’re happy to carry on working together, we’ll agree a regular date and time for our sessions. How we work is tailored around you and what you need from the sessions.

My work is person-centred, so led by you. We’ll work through your current challenges, notice feelings, sensations related to those feelings and explore how your life experiences have influenced who you are and how you behave. I’ll introduce practical ways to reduce symptoms such as anxiety and stress. Everything we do will be at your pace and in your own time.

The results

Therapy isn’t a quick fix. To fully explore and process the issues that you’re facing, we need time and patience. And it goes beyond our time together, much of the work continues between sessions, so it’s important to allow time for processing and reflection.


People are often keen to know how long it will take. This is entirely up to you, some people come to me for a few months, others for years. Staying with a therapist for a few years is a completely different experience than only a few months, but much can be achieved in a short amount of time. Trust your system to know what feels right

Fees and time

My fees are at a reduced rate because I am still in training and are £50 per hour. Sessions are weekly and last 1 hour.

Commonly Asked Questions

Earlier I promised to answer your questions. I’ve compiled a list of the most frequent ones I hear and answered them,  if I haven’t covered your specific question, I am more than happy to help, so get in touch.

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a form of treatment aimed at helping individuals who are struggling with mental health issues or emotional difficulties. It typically involves a trained therapist or counselor who engages in conversation with the client to help them gain insight into their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

The goal of psychotherapy is to improve an individual’s mental health and well-being, and to address issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship difficulties, and more. During therapy sessions, clients may explore their thoughts and emotions, learn new coping skills, and develop strategies to manage their symptoms or improve their quality of life.

There are many different types of psychotherapy, the specific approach used will depend on the therapist’s training and the needs of the client.

What is the difference between a psychotherapist and counselor?

The terms “psychotherapist” and “counselor” are often used interchangeably, but there are some differences between the two.

Generally, psychotherapists have more extensive training and education than counselors. They may hold a graduate degree in psychology, counseling, or social work, and have completed supervised clinical experience. Psychotherapists are trained to work with clients who have a range of mental health concerns, from mild to severe.

Counselors, on the other hand, may have different levels of education and training. Some may have a graduate degree in counseling or a related field, while others may have completed a certification program or have a bachelor’s degree. Counselors typically work with clients who have less severe mental health concerns or who are looking for help with specific life challenges, such as career or relationship issues.

In terms of the therapeutic approaches used, both psychotherapists and counselors may use a variety of techniques

How do I choose a therapist?

Choosing a psychotherapist is an important decision, and there are several factors to consider to find the right fit for you. Here are some tips to help you choose a psychotherapist:

  1. Look for a licensed therapist who has the appropriate education and training in the type of therapy you are seeking. You can also consider their experience working with individuals with similar concerns to yours.

  2. Some therapists have particular specialties or areas of expertise, such as anxiety, depression, trauma, or relationship issues. Look for a therapist who has experience working with the issues you are dealing with.

  3. Look for a good fit: It’s important to feel comfortable with your therapist and to have a good rapport. Consider their personality, communication style, and whether you feel understood and heard during your initial consultation.

  4. Check their fees. Determine if the therapist’s fees are within your budget.

  5. Ask for referrals: Ask your GP, friends, or family members if they can recommend a therapist they have had positive experiences with.

Remember that finding the right therapist is a personal decision, and it may take some time to find the right fit. Don’t hesitate to ask questions or to meet with a few therapists before making a decision.

Why are there so many different types of therapy and how do I choose one?

There are many different types of therapy because there are many different approaches to understanding and addressing mental health issues. Each type of therapy has its own theories, techniques, and goals, and is designed to help people with different needs and concerns. Each therapist chooses the modality of therapy they feel they are most passionate about and feel will be of the most benefit to others.

It can be helpful to research different types of therapy and ask potential therapists about their approach and experience. You can also ask for recommendations from friends or healthcare providers. Ultimately, the most important factor is finding a therapist who you feel is a good fit and who can provide you with the support and guidance you need to improve your mental health and well-being.

Will my privacy be protected?

Yes, privacy is a fundamental aspect of psychotherapy, and it is protected by law. In general, therapists are bound by ethical guidelines that require them to maintain confidentiality and protect their clients’ privacy. However, psychotherapist all have a supervisor who they will talk to about their clients, this person too is bound by confidentiality laws.

This means that the therapist cannot share any information about you or your therapy sessions with others, except in specific circumstances, such as if you pose a danger to yourself or others, if there is suspected abuse or neglect of a child, elderly person, or dependent adult, or if a court orders the release of information.

Before beginning therapy, it is important to review the therapist’s privacy policy and discuss any concerns you have about confidentiality. Your therapist should be able to answer any questions you have and provide you with a clear understanding of their policies regarding confidentiality and privacy.

Do you have to be a Buddhist to work with Beth?

No, you do not have to be Buddhist or have any particular spiritual or religious beliefs to work with me.

My approach incorporates mindfulness practices into the therapeutic process and I have a belief about the world that is influenced by Buddhism, but I am not Buddhist. While mindfulness practices have their roots in Buddhist traditions, the approach used in therapy is secular and does not require adherence to any particular spiritual or religious beliefs.

The focus of mindfulness-based core process psychotherapy is on developing present-moment awareness, self-reflection, and compassion for oneself and others. I may guide you in mindfulness practices such as meditation, body awareness, and breath work, and use these practices to help you become more aware of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

The goal of mindfulness-based core process psychotherapy is to help you develop greater self-awareness and insight, and to cultivate skills that can help you better manage difficult emotions and navigate life’s challenges.

How much does it cost?

Because I am still in training, my fees are £40 per hour. Other full qualified therapists charge anywhere from £65- £100+ per hour

Does anyone else offer low fees?

Therapy students begin taking on clients at the end of their second or the beginning of their third year and will charge lower rates until they graduate. Other fully qualified therapists offer concessional rates, if you are in need of this, it is worth asking the therapist you would like to work with.

How long does therapy take?

The length of therapy varies depending on the individual and the nature of the issues being addressed. Some people may find that they make progress after just a few sessions, while others may benefit from longer-term therapy.

In general, short-term therapy can range from a few weeks to several months and is typically focused on addressing specific issues or concerns, such as adjusting to a major life change, improving communication skills, or managing symptoms of anxiety or depression.

Long-term therapy may continue for several months to several years and is often focused on more deep-seated issues or concerns, such as trauma, personality disorders, or relationship patterns that have developed over a long period of time.

It’s important to keep in mind that therapy is a process, and progress may not always be linear or predictable. Your therapist can work with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your specific needs and goals, and can help you determine the appropriate length of therapy based on your progress and ongoing needs.

Should I work with a man or a woman?

The decision to work with a male or female therapist is a personal preference, and there is no one-size-fits-all answer. It’s important to choose a therapist with whom you feel comfortable, regardless of their gender.

Some people may prefer to work with a therapist of the same gender because they feel more comfortable discussing sensitive or personal issues with someone who may have similar life experiences or perspectives. Others may prefer to work with a therapist of a different gender because they feel that they bring a different perspective or approach to the therapeutic process.

It’s important to remember that the most important factor in therapy is the quality of the therapeutic relationship between you and your therapist. This includes feeling understood, heard, and supported by your therapist, regardless of their gender.

If you are unsure about whether you would be more comfortable working with a male or female therapist, you may want to consider scheduling an initial consultation with both to see which feels like the best fit for you. Ultimately, the most important thing is to find a therapist who you feel comfortable working with and who can provide you with the support and guidance you need to reach your goals.

What happens when you meet the therapist for the first time?

The first meeting with a therapist is typically called an introduction. The purpose of this meeting is for the therapist to get to know you, find out about your reasons for seeking therapy, and gather information that will help them understand you better.

During the first meeting, the therapist will likely ask you a variety of questions to gather information about your current symptoms, medical history, family history, support system, and other relevant factors. This may include questions about your current stressors, life events, relationships, and goals for therapy.

The therapist will also explain the therapeutic process, including their approach to therapy, what you can expect in terms of the length and frequency of sessions, and any fees.

It’s important to remember that the first meeting is also an opportunity for you to get to know the therapist and determine whether they are a good fit for you. You may want to ask questions about the therapist’s qualifications, experience, and approach to therapy, and share any concerns or questions you may have about the therapy process.

Overall, the first meeting with a therapist is an important step in beginning the therapeutic process and building a positive and productive therapeutic relationship.

Can I interview more than one therapist?

Yes, absolutely and I would encourage you to do so. It’s a good idea to talk to several therapists to find one who you feel comfortable working with.

During your initial consultation or first meeting with each therapist, you can ask questions and you can also discuss your treatment goals and any specific issues or challenges that you would like to address in therapy.

By talking to several therapists, you can get a better sense of the different approaches and styles of therapy available and find a therapist who is a good match for your needs and preferences. Remember, therapy is a collaborative process, and it’s important to find a therapist who you feel comfortable working with and who can provide you with the support and guidance you need to reach your goals.

What if I don’t like the therapist?

It is completely normal to have concerns about whether you will like and feel comfortable with your therapist, and it’s important to find a therapist who you feel you can work with. As therapists we understand that therapy is a personal and collaborative process, and that it is important to find the right fit.

If you don’t feel comfortable working with a particular therapist after your initial consultation or first session, it is perfectly okay to let them know that you do not think it is the right fit and that you would like to explore other options. A professional therapist will not take this personally and should respect your decision.

In fact, therapists often encourage clients to be honest about their feelings and concerns in therapy, as this can help to build trust and improve the therapeutic relationship. It’s important to remember that therapy is a collaborative process, and finding the right therapist is an important step in achieving your goals.

If you do decide that you would like to work with a different therapist, your current therapist can often provide you with a referral or other resources to help you find someone who is a better fit for you.

My approach

I’m an advanced trainee in mindfulness-based Core Process (CP) psychotherapy as well as Somatic Experiencing.

I focus on a mindful approach and help my clients learn how our mind and our body can bring support, self care and healing.

It starts wherever you are right now and welcomes whatever you may bring.


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