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Frequently Asked Questions

Where do you work?

I work in Ilkley, close to good road and rail links, making me easy to reach from both Leeds and Bradford. Parking is available.

Which days do you work?

My working hours are currently Tuesday between 8.30 and 3.00 and Wednesday 8.30-3.00. I also offer two evening sessions between 7.00 and 9.00pm on Tuesday evenings in central Ilkley.

How long are the sessions?

Sessions are 50 minutes long

What happens if I need to cancel a session?

If you cancel with less than 24 hours notice the full charge will be payable, as it is unlikely that I will be able to offer the space to anyone else. This is normal professional practice.  If you can give me more than 24 hours notice, or we can reschedule to another day in the same week there will be no charge.

What happens if we don't think we can work together at the first session?

The first session is for us to find out whether we can work together.  If at the end of this I feel that you might be better suited to a different therapist I will say so.  If you don't feel happy working with me we may be able to explore what sort of therapy you would find helpful.

How long is long term? Will I have to be in therapy for ages?

We will work out together whether your needs would be best met by working briefly, over say six sessions, or more long term.  If you want to work at a deep and lasting level this needs time to build up a trusting relationship, and whilst there can be immediate benefits in the first few weeks, working over a longer period (typically 12-18 months) allows our relationship to deepen, and more long lasting shifts to emerge.  Some people find it helpful to commit for a group of sessions at a time, others are happy to work on an open-ended basis. The choice is yours.

How will I know that it is working?

The full answer to that is very personal: some people notice big changes quite quickly, whilst for others the shifts are subtle and it is only a while later that they notice that a relationship has become easier or that a sense of purpose has appeared in their lives.  There are questionaires that measure depression and anxiety such as PHQ9 and GAD7 and where people are interested I will use these tools.  I aim to leave time at the end of each session to reflect on what has been useful in the session, whilst recognising from my own experience as a client that sometimes the biggest shifts have come when I haven’t enjoyed the session at all!

Your GP's name and address

It is a requirement of my accrediting body (UKCP) that I know your GP’s contact details. These would only be used in the case of an emergency, for example, if you, or someone else, were at serious risk.

If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to ask – you can contact me at Kate@Ilkleypsychotherapy.co.uk.