Frequently Asked Questions about Psychotherapy
We are often asked about mental health counselling and therapies and how and why they ‘work’, so this page provides some answers to the most common questions we encounter.
If you can’t find the answer to a question that you have, then why not drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll try to answer it for you.
How Much Does Therapy Cost?
Tranceform Psychology is a private psychology clinic offering high quality psychological therapies to the private sector throughout the West Midlands.
Tranceform is also an approved NHS supplier providing stress management training programmes to NHS management within the West Midlands Clinical Commissioning Groups.
The Tranceformental CBT course is available with 3 levels of clinical support form £299 through to £799. It is also available as a stand-alone self help CBT course using our online learning platform for £149.
Counselling sessions are £90 each and are also available at a discounted rate for clients who have bought courses in the past 12 months.
Because psychological therapy / training is designed to provide a progressive development of knowledge and skills, it is normally spaced over a number of weeks.
Beware of people offering to ‘cure’ your difficulties in just one session as this is extremely unlikely to be the case!
How Effective is Therapy at TranceForm?
Based on what our clients tell us, and have told us over the last twelve years or so, our work is extremely effective!
Our therapists are highly trained as well as experienced. Paul holds both a BSc (Hons) and MSc (Distinction) in Psychology whilst Joan is a highly qualified Hypnotherapist and BSc undergraduate following a BPS accredited course of psychology with counselling.
Binder is a BACP Counsellor and relationship therapist with over 20 years working for RELATE.
We get excellent feedback from our private clients who are very happy with our service.
You can view what our clients say here.
Is Therapy A Complicated Process To Follow?
We specifically avoid the use of complex concepts and language as part of the normal process.
Of course, some people may find some of the ideas contained within the ‘treatment’ ‘difficult’ or ‘challenging’, but the most important thing you need is not ‘intellectual power’, but a strong desire to change and a preparedness to put in 100% effort to achieve your aim.
We can help you to get to grips with your ‘unhelpful’ thinking and cognition that may be creating or supporting your symptoms.
By doing so you can progressively beat whatever it is that is problematic.
How Does 'It' Work?
One of the fundamental points they we help you to get to grips with when following a course of psychotherapy or training with us is that there really is no ‘it’; ‘therapy’ doesn’t actually ‘do’ anything to a person at all!
In fact, no form of training or psychological therapy ‘does’ anything to a person, it is ALWAYS ‘what’ a person does that makes a difference to their lives.
This breaks with tradition as a great many therapists out in the community try to ‘sell’ the idea that their particular ‘therapy’ or ‘technique’ in some way ‘changes’ people without them having to make any kind of ‘effort’ at all, and just by ‘experiencing’ their particular technique you will somehow ‘get better’.
So, the answer to the question is that YOU are the person who makes changes by using the tools and techniques that we ‘teach’ you that are embodied in our therapies.
How Much Time Will I Have To Put In?
Psychological change involves your time in two different ways.
If you are following the Tranceformental CBT Programme with Paul you will spend at least 10 hours at the ‘clinic’ in Wombourne, normally spaced over 10 weekly sessions.
Secondly, you can expect to spend somewhere in the region of 3 – 4 hours reading our workbook each week as well as sometime during each and every day applying the principles you learn within the course.
Therefore you can expect something like 50 hours of session and reading time, plus the time you spend each day carrying out specific ‘mental’ activities.
If this, for example, added up to two hours a day, that might mean over the course of the whole programme that you spend:
Sessions – 10 hours
Reading – 40 hours (4 hours x 10 weeks)
Applying – 140 hours (2 hours x 70 days)
Approximately 190 hours.
If you could almost completely transform your life for the better would this be time YOU would be willing to spend?
What is your waiting list like?
Here at Tranceform Psychology we have three therapists available to help you.
In general terms, we can normally fit you in within a week of your initial consultation with us.
This is in stark contrast to the provision of therapy services offered by the NHS which can frequently involve waiting times of many months which is not particularly helpful if your need is rather more immediate!
However, unlike NHS provided psychological therapy, we do of course charge you for our time (We ALL pay for the NHS though of course!).
Are the therapists qualified?
Paul is an academic psychologist and psychotherapist and holds a professional diploma in CBT as well as a Bachelor of Science Honours (BSc) degree and a Masters degree (MSc) in Psychology.
Joan is a qualified Hypnotherapist as well as a founder member of the British Brain Working Society. She is also currently an undergraduate studying a BPS approved BSc in Psychology and Counselling.
All therapists are DBS cleared (old CRB).
All therapists are also fully insured with full public liability insurance which can be viewed at the clinic.
Free Initial Consultations
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial consultation to discuss your mental health problems prior to commencing any treatment plans.
The consultation is free and lasts around 50 minutes.
During this consultation we will discuss the various therapy options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
Initial consultations are also available as part of our online therapy service.
At Tranceform Psychology we recognise the importance of the therapeutic relationship in helping people to bring about effective change, so its important to be able to ‘meet’ to discuss any therapy treatments BEFORE proceeding.
Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking work with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
Overcome Your Problems with our CBT Course
Our 10 session course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is clinically proven to be effective across a range of different psychological problems.
Using an online learning platform, it is available with 2, 5 or 10 sessions of clinical support either face-to-face in the Wombourne offices, or using Zoom video facilities.
It can also be taken as a self help CBT course that will teach you the fundamental tools and techniques used throughout the mental health profession.