FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When should I go to therapy?
There are many different reasons why someone might seek therapy. At The Koala Tree we work with expectant and new parents. This is a unique time of life and can trigger a new struggle or something that has bubbled away at a manageable level starts to interfere.
People might come to therapy because;
Their quality of life has dropped below a level that is acceptable to them.
They want to do things differently with their children, and they are not yet sure how.
They feel overwhelmed by difficult feelings
How many sessions will I need?
There really is no set answer to this question – it’s like asking 'how long is a piece of string?'
Some people want to finish therapy when they notice an improvement in their psychological heath, whereas others choose to stay in therapy longer to explore further.
Another factor to consider is the frequency of sessions. Some wish to have therapy weekly, whereas others decide that fortnightly or monthly suits them better. This might be linked to factors such as work or childcare commitments, financial limits, or other reasons entirely.
These are things that you can discuss and decide together with your psychologist.
What will happen at my first appointment?
Coming to the first appointment can be daunting and many feel unsure about what it will be like. We are mindful of this and do our best to help you feel at ease.
The initial session is an opportunity to get to know you. We will ask you about what has brought you to, as well as talking about you and your story so far. You will also have the chance to ask us any questions that might have.
One of the most important things in therapy is feeling as though you have a trusting and safe relationship with your psychologist. This can take time and the first session is an important starting point for this.
Can I bring my baby to the sessions?
People come to see us because there has been a struggle in their journey to parenthood. Sometimes having the baby in the therapy room may be an important part of the process, whilst for others it may be more important to set this time aside just for you.
Whatever your thoughts, we are happy to consider this together and find the best way forward for you.
How much do sessions cost?
For those who are funding therapy themselves, each session costs £90.
If you are a new or expectant parent living in Redditch or Bromsgrove, you may be able to access therapy for free via our Secure Minds Project in partnership with Homestart. For more information, see Secure Minds.
If you have private health insurance, you may be able eligible for psychological therapy covered by your policy. Please contact your health insurance provider to determine whether this is an option for you.
Can you help with general mental health issues?
Yes. We see a wide range of individuals who have sought therapy for a number of different reasons. Feel free to get in touch to discuss your current needs and see if we might be able to help.