FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are you a psychiatrist?
No, a psychiatrist is first of all trained as a medical doctor. My degree is in psychology.
How will I know therapy will work?
You will feel you have a good working relationship with your therapist and start to feel confident in eventual success.
Research has shown many times that the success factors in counselling & psychotherapy include:
1 the therapist relating therapy to the client’s everyday life
2 the therapist building a good working relationship with the client
3 the optimism of the therapist
4 the therapist's knowledge and skills in using a variety of theories and techniques
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Are you experienced in helping people with my condition?
As a well-trained, experienced & focused counsellor & psychotherapist I am experienced in helping people with a wide range of complaints. These complaints have included depression, stress, anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, as well as obsessive thinking & compulsive behaviours, low confidence, low self esteem, bullying, victimised behaviour, dealing with consequences of abuse, anger, flashbacks & extreme states, relationship difficulties, unstable moods, feeling insecure etc, as well as people who have been told by other therapists that they are ‘resistant’ or a ‘difficult case’.
Can you help with depression?
I am experienced in helping depressed people; doctors have referred people to me for help with depression for a number of years.
The sort of therapy that doesn’t help depressed people is well understood. Many depressed people are attracted to therapy that focuses on how they feel, & focus on the past & ‘what went wrong’. Therapy that focuses exclusively on the past & ‘what went wrong’ is likely to aggravate depression.
The sorts of therapies that do help depressed people are well understood. Therapies that help people make better use of their coping skills, make useful changes to the way they think, enhance their ability to take appropriate action & interact more constructively are likely to help a depressed person cope better & aid recovery. This is a subtle process because depressed people are often caught up in a cycle of trying to succeed by taking some kind of action & then ‘beating themselves up’ for the shortfalls in their actions & for their shortcomings as a person!
Can I come to see you as well as taking medication?
Do you see couples?
Do you work with young people?
How many sessions will I need?
Many people report satisfaction by the eighth session. I cannot guarantee results in eight sessions, sometimes it takes me longer to help people. Some people come & see me for a number of sessions, take a break & come back for more sessions later.
How often do we need to meet?
Usually we meet weekly, or fortnightly, at the start the beginning as the client makes progress we increase the time between sessions.
Do you give clients ‘homework’?
Research shows that the more therapy is related to everyday life the more likely it is to be of value to the client. So I usually invite clients to think about something, notice something, or try something out between sessions
Where will we meet?
At the Medical Centre 17 Stoke Hill in Stoke Bishop, Bristol, which has off street parking, a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, professional receptionists & a comfortable waiting room. It is easily accessible by car & by public transport; full travel details will be sent to you when you make an appointment.
How do I make an appointment?
Phone Harry Norman on 0117 968 2417 to ask any questions or make an appointment
Harry Norman Partnerships Medical Centre 17 Stoke Hill Stoke Bishop Bristol BS9 2JN