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Where to Begin and FAQ?

To come to therapy may often feel like a big and courageous step to take, and It Is. It also means change has already begun. EFT Clinic therapists provide a safe and confidential space for you, your relationship or your family to talk and see what is happening in your life and help you become stronger and more connected with your closest people for a more fulfilled and enjoyable future.
Why choose EFT clinic?

Finding a therapist can be a daunting experience with so many options available and with each therapist with different qualifications, experiences, and profiles. At the EFT clinic, you can be assured that you’re in good hands. Our practitioners are experienced, work with the most evidence-based therapy models, adhere to the code of conduct and ethics of their counselling organisations, and get regular training and supervision.

What is therapy like?

Getting stuck in an unhappy distant, lonely or disappointing relationship can be really painful. Relationship therapy is a series of regular meetings, usually weekly, with a qualified and experienced therapist, where you will team up, connect and work together in a safe and confidential manner on how to change your negative pattern of relating and become trusting, supportive of each other and resourceful again. Your therapist won’t tell you what to do or how to run your relationship. Instead, you will find together your own pathway to change.

Where to start?

If you are interested in therapy at EFT clinic, please get in touch by completing our “Contact Us” form or leave us a brief phone message giving your name, telephone, e-mail details and when is the best time to call back. We aim to get back in touch with you as soon as possible and can offer a free, 20-minute introductory confidential conversation about your situation. We assure complete discretion and confidentiality and will never leave a message on your answerphone unless you have requested this.

If we think that we may be able to help, we will arrange an initial assessment session for you with one of our therapists who we believe will be best able to help you. This initial session usually lasts between 60 to 80 minutes. You may be asked to go over some questionnaires to help us understand your problem and your relationship better.

What happens in the first session?

The purpose of the first session is to get a better understanding of your current situation and to get to know each other. We will discuss what you would like to get out of therapy and discuss how we can work together towards resolving your problems. We can address any questions you may have and agree a mutually convenient schedule if we decide to work together.

Based on the outcome of the initial meeting, we may agree to start therapy. Alternatively, we may decide that some other forms of help may be more useful for you and we will find together the best way to proceed. If for any reason you decide not to continue with us, we can always refer you to another experienced and trusted colleague.

What happens after the first session?

If we decide together to proceed with therapy, it will be important to build a sense of continuity and regularity in our working relationship. You and your therapist will set aside a dedicated weekly time slot for you for the duration of therapy, which is convenient for all of you and which no one else can take – so all sessions, whether attended or not, need to be paid for. We will try to give you as much flexibility with arranging your time slot as possible.

For couple therapy, we will usually have one individual session with each partner to better understand your individual histories. However, we consider the relationship as our client and therefore will not hold secrets and anything discussed in the individual sessions may be used in the couple therapy safety permitting.

For family therapy, you may also be seen in smaller groups. For example, this may include seeing the parents separately, siblings separately, or one parent-child dyad separately from the rest of the family. This is to ensure that everyone gets a chance to speak and be heard and we can work on individual relationships.

We can work on a time-limited basis or in an open-ended way for more exploratory or deeper work. We can review the arrangement at any time of therapy.

We will regularly reassess how therapy goes for you with the initial review after our first six sessions. Our therapists always welcome your views or any questions you may have at any point of therapy.

How long does therapy take?

EFT is a structured approach and it usually takes between 12-25 sessions. EFFT (Emotionally Focused Family Therapy) is often slightly shorter. However, the actual length of sessions varies depending on the presenting problem, commitment to therapy, any previous traumas, attachment history etc.

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