Sue Dives MA(Psych & Couns), AdvDip, DipSpLD, UKCP(reg),
Frequently Asked Questions
“How how long are the sessions and how much do
Length of Each Session
|Individuals ||50 minutes|
Standard fee £50. Lower
fees see ** below
|Couples|| 1 hour||£60|
|Supervision of other professionals||Negotiable||Negotiable|
| || || |
** I have a limited number of lower
fee places for students and people on a low income, so please ask and we can discuss the possibilities.
“When do you work?”
Weekdays and occasionally early evenings.
"Can you tell me more about your way
Working integratively means that I draw on aspects of
many psychological theories including psychodynamic, relational and cognitive. I consider the most important aspect to
be the unique relationship that develops with each person. Echoes of the past as well as current issues brought into the session can
be safely explored. This helps to work through negative feelings and self-defeating beliefs and behaviours. The
autonomy of the individual is respected allowing development and change to occur in the light of the person's
own values and life experiences.
Some people want to specifically focus on the past, the present or the future.
While others prefer to look at life as a whole and acknowledge relationships with family, friends and society in general.
I consider thinking, feeling and physical well-being to be interrelated and affect what we do, how we behave.
Sometimes life’s problems seem to block hopes, dreams and creativity. Therapy provides an opportunity to examine what
stops us from achieving what we want to achieve and to make choices, changes or to gain a deeper and clearer understanding.
"You mention psychodynamic and
cognitive , what do they mean?"
view considers present problems in the context of life history
and past experiences. Patterns of relationship and behaviour that have evolved since childhood may be
explored. The real world of the client is taken into account including family and social context, cultural differences, impact
of traumatic events, sexual orientation, disability and more. The therapeutic relationship can build acceptance and understanding,
and develop insight so that problems can be addressed. A cognitive view focuses on
thinking (cognitive) patterns. It can help with conditions such as anxiety or depression. Negative thoughts can be challenged
to encourage new ways of thinking, behaving and feeling.
In addition, for some, behavioural exploration can offer opportunities to try new ways as
well as help to recognise what is working well.
sessions will I need?"
This will very much depend on what
you are wishing to look at or hope to change in your life. You may choose to work within a specific time frame
to address an issue or take more time to look at long-standing, deeper-rooted problems. We can discuss the way ahead when
we first meet.
I bring dreams, pictures, poetry or music to talk about?"
I believe anything that connects us with our inner, sometimes unconscious self, and with the
world, is valuable and potentially enriching for our lives and for the process of therapy.
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in
seeking new landscapes
but in having new eyes." Marcel Proust