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  Dr Colin Hicks
Specialist Areas
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Psychotherapy is a talking therapy. We will meet weekly to discuss your concerns and to build an understanding of what is currently going on for you, how your problems arose and how we can work through them.

The structure of these sessions will depend on your preferred way of working which will be something we will talk about in our first session together. For example, if we work within a CBT model then our sessions will be more structured and goal directed that if we were using a more reflective conversational style.

Therapy can sometimes involve discussing painful and distressing events as these are often part of our problems, for example the breakdown of a relationship or past abuse. People often report a real benefit of having a place where they can talk about and explore their experiences at their own pace, often for the very first time, in a non-judgemental non-pressuring supportive space. However, it is equally recognised and respected that for many clients these are not necessarily things they want to use therapy for.

Before entering therapy it is important to spend some time considering the commitment therapy requires, not just in terms of time and financial expense but also the emotional resources needed.

Specialist Areas
My specialist areas of practice include:

Inter-personal / Relationship difficulties
Issues to do with sexuality and sexual identity
Work related issues & stress
Low self-confidence / low self-esteem

The first session will usually last about 80 minutes. It is a chance for us to get to know each other, discuss what brings you to therapy, what you wish to get out of it and for me to tell you a little about how I work. There is also time for you to ask any questions or express any concerns you might have.

At the end of the initial session it is your choice as to whether you wish to book another appointment or take some time to think about whether I am the right therapist for you to work with. If for any reason during the session we decide that I am not the right therapist for you, then I will endeavour to help direct you to find more appropriate help.

After the first session we will meet weekly for the main part of the therapy. Sessions last for 50 minutes. Longer or more frequent sessions can be negotiated. However, it is advisable that at least during the main body of therapy we commit to meet weekly.

Psychotherapy can be short or long-term depending on the nature of the problems and issues. When we first meet we will agree to work for a length of time, for example four / six sessions or open-ended. However, this is not written in stone and can be changed as we feel necessary and you are free to stop therapy at anytime you choose.

Payment Terms
Sessions are currently charged at £75 per 50 minute session (£100 initial assessment) and are reviewed annually. Corporate and insurance fees are available on request. Reduced fees maybe available for those on low incomes, students and counsellors in training. Please contact me for further information.

Forty-eight hours notice of cancellation or alteration of session is required. Sessions cancelled after this time are charged at full rate.
I am a recognised psychologist with AXA PPP Healthcare, Aviva and Cigna Healthcare. Please contact me to discuss whether your own healthcare provider would fund therapy with me.




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