Questions you may have before starting therapy . . .

During this period of uncertainty the Edinburgh Psychology Practice is continuing to offer clients therapy,

however in view of recent Government advice we are offering consultations by phone and online - you can arrange this when booking your appointment.

It’s understandable that you might have questions about what to expect when you come to see a therapist for the first time.  We have provided answers here to the questions we get asked most frequently, but please feel free to contact us if you’re question hasn’t been answered or you’d like to know more.


Will I have to tell the receptionist about my problem?

No, the receptionist will only ask you to give them enough information in order for them to arrange an appointment.  You may find the information on the therapists page helpful as it describes the types of problem and therapies each of the therapists specialises in. 

I’m worried about other people finding out that I’m coming to therapy

This is a very common worry.  Your therapist will be able to reassure you about confidentiality when you meet them.

Although we need some contact information so we can set up your appointment we will not use it for any other reason and will not pass your details on to anyone else.

What should I expect at my first appointment?

Sessions usually last for 50 minutes and during that first meeting the therapist will talk with you about your reasons for coming to therapy, and what you want to get out of your appointments.  Your therapist will also talk to you about the different types of therapy available and will make suggestions to help you decide which approach will be most suitable for you and your goals.

At the end of the session you and your therapist will discuss whether you are going to work together, you may decide you want to take some time to think, or your therapist may suggest other options.

How often will I have to come?

Generally, therapy is most helpful if you are able to attend regularly, with weekly or fortnightly sessions being the most common, particularly at the beginning of therapy.  

Your therapist will discuss your needs and availability and come to an arrangement that is suitable for you. 

How do I know if my problem is bad enough to justify seeing a therapist?

There really is no such thing as good enough reason for seeking help.  If there is something happening in your life, that is affecting the way you feel or interfering with your usual activities then that is a good enough reason for speaking to someone.

How long will I have to wait for an appointment?

We are usually able to set up an initial appointment within the same week, and may even be able to arrange something for the same day if you and your chosen therapist are available at the same time.  

Our reception is open six days a week, or you can request an appointment by calling us on 0131 610 0445 or by emailing us outside of office hours.

What if I have health insurance, will I be able to use this to pay for my sessions?

Many insurance companies will fund counselling or psychological therapy.
You will need to speak to your insurer to find out if you are covered and will need to provide some basic information when booking your appointment.