Do you prescribe medicine?
No, psychologists do not prescribe medicine. If you are experiencing difficulties which interfere with your daily life you might need to contact a psychiatrist. In many cases pharmacotherapy in combination with psychological therapy proved to be beneficial.
How therapy can help me?
Before you begin therapy always make sure that your psychologist is licenced and qualified and always ask for their registration number. Therapy can help you to identify where your difficulties are coming from and how to cope with them. It will give you the opportunity to increase your awareness and explore your inner world in a safe place while feeling accepted and empowered.
Do you offer advice
Sometimes people ask me for advice. I understand that when you feel uncertain and scared you might want someone to tell you what to do, to make a very difficult or painful situation better. However, it is important to know that psychological therapy is not about giving you the answer, giving advice or taking the problem away. It is best to view psychological therapy as a way of putting things into perspective and opening you up to options and resources that you may not have previously considered. My role is to support you by helping you develop the skills to help yourself so that by the time we finish working together, you have the inner strength to and ability to deal with personal issues without continuing professional help.
What is the duration of therapy?
The duration of therapy will be determined by a number of factors such as the presenting issue, its severity and if the issue is chronic or recent. Therefore, some individuals might follow a short form of therapy and other individuals a long-term form of therapy.
Is therapy confidential
Any information you discuss with your psychologist is strictly confidential. However, there can be certain legal exceptions where the psychologist is obliged by the law and ethics to break the confidentiality agreement. These exceptional circumstances under which there appears sufficient evidence to raise serious concern about are (a) the safety of clients (b) the safety of other persons who may be endangered by the client’s behaviour or (c) the health, welfare or safety of children (under 18 years old) or vulnerable adults.
In addition, as a member of the British Psychological Society and the Cyprus Psychologists’ Association I respect and follow the ‘Code of Ethics and Conduct’ detailed in the British Psychological Society’s website and Cyprus Psychologists’ Association respectively. For more information
How long does a session last?
Each session will last for one hour and will be scheduled on a weekly basis.