Frequently Asked Questions about Therapy
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 costs £795 and normally involves around ten sessions lasting around an hour.
Counselling sessions are £90 each and are also available at a discounted rate for pre-paid courses.
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!
Please visit the FEES page for more information.
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 with our clinical director, Dr. Justina Somal holding a PhD in counselling psychology whilst Paul holds both a BSc and MSc in Psychology whilst Joan is a highly qualified Hypnotherapist and BPS approved BSc undergraduate.
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 therapy 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.
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!
Are the therapists qualified?
Justina, our clinical services director, is a chartered counselling psychologist with a doctorate.
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
The consultation is free and lasts around 50 minutes.
During this consultation we will discuss the various types of psychological therapy 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 counselling service.
At Tranceform Psychology we emphasise the importance of the therapy relationship in helping people to bring about effective change, so its important to be able to ‘meet’ to discuss our change programmes BEFORE proceeding.
Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking mental health work with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
Buy Our Self-Help Book
The Restrictive Realities of Belief is Paul's recently authored self-help book containing everything you need to know about how mental health problems are 'realised' through the socio-cultural beliefs that we acquire over our lifetimes and what you can do to bring about effective change.
You can read a synopsis of what this book is all about on this page:
It is currently available as a 307 page A4 PDF file for just £19.99 which you can purchase here using PayPal. Your copy of the book will be sent by e-mail.
Contact Joan Lee D. Hyp. MIAEBP
I specialise in the following therapies:
I also offer a complete programme which combines mindfulness, meditation and hypnotherapy
Call Joan on: 07434 776504