Psychological consultations

Some common reasons for a consultation :

* Emotional difficulties, chronic distress (fear of failure, chronic anxiety, phobias, poor stress management,…)

* Difficulty adjusting to a changing/evolving context, such as a separation, divorce, death, new job, unemployment,…

* Relational difficulties at work, with your partner, or family

* Intimacy issues (prolonged celibacy, body dissatisfaction, fear of judgment,…)

* Existential related questions (sense of self and purpose in the world)

* An unhealthy relationship with food or an eating disorder, such as chronic yoyo dieting, bulimia, food obsessions, binge eating, etc.

Whatever the nature of your concern, I ask you to consider this : why wait any longer and risk feeling worse when you can choose to feel better ?

Psychological consultations give you a confidential space where you can speak freely and think more in depth about what is keeping you from leading a more meaningful life. Together we will look at how we can reactivate your own resources so that ultimately you can use them and find the confidence and motivation you need to continue on your own.

Consultations for adults and adolescents (for French consultations, click here).

Before Signing Up For Therapy

Doing therapy can be revolutionary and improve many things, but not everyone is ready or a good candidate for it. If your distress is too severe, it can prevent you from finding the energy necessary and/or desire to change things. In this case, it is most likely best to wait by finding a way to rest at home or on a retreat before starting the therapeutic process.

In order to not waste any time, here are some considerations that are important to take into account when considering therapy. Some aspects of the therapeutic framework (such as confidentiality, duration of therapy …) are also mentioned in this section.

1) Active collaboration

Psychotherapy involves both parties; it is a collaboration, a co-construction in which everyone needs to take his or her respective responsibilities while remaining free to stay in or leave therapy during the entire process.

As you know best what you are going through (emotionally), it is by sharing what helps you and what does not (you and your system) that we have a chance to progress and discover how to best find solutions to get you what you want.

It is important to recall that, I rarely have a “quick fix” solution for you. Even if I did, I alone, have no power to change things. The tools I have will only work if you choose to use them or learn how to use them. It is by sharing with me your experience with them, that we can make the needed adjustments that will best fit your goals.

2) Risks

Although my setting proposes a safe and non-judgmental place, opening up to an unknown person about personal matters is usually uncomfortable in the beginning. Our comfort zone is at risk. It is crucial to respect your rhythm, I will most likely ask you to slow down if need be.

In addition, change needs time, it can sometimes be slow if not stagnant. It has its own rhythm too and we cannot force it.

Finally and yet importantly, change in one area implies change in other areas, meaning that if it brings advantages in one area, this might not be the case in another important area of your life. It will therefore be an important part of therapy to evaluate the risks of change while implementing safety measures before any change is planned.

Please note that the therapeutic space is not primarily a decision-making space. This would affect creativity and free exploration of options, two valuable resources in therapy.

3) Confidentiality

Our sessions are strictly confidential. The content of the sessions is protected by the code of professional ethics.

Limits of confidentiality : Psychologists are required by law to disclose any information that could protect the client or others from an act of physical violence such as suicide, imminent homicide intentions, or plans to do harm to an identifiable person or group of people.

4) Duration of therapy

The duration of therapy is difficult to foresee in advance as it depends on many factors such as your evolving context, goals, wishes and overall implication.

5) Cancellation policy

Your cancellation allows other patients to benefit from your therapy time. Therefore, for any cancellations made less than 48 hours (business days) before the appointment time, the reservation being lost, the total fee will be charged. This is standard practice and permits recognition for the professional’s time and work.

6) Goodbye Session

When you decide to stop therapy, no matter the reason, a “Goodbye Session” is part of the therapeutic process, as it constitutes a healthy way to separate. This session also enables us to review your progress while discussing how to go forward with what was accomplished.

Moreover, it is an opportunity to bring into the open unexpressed difficulties and/or close any unwanted open boxes from previous sessions. Holding myself accountable for the safety of the therapeutic framework, please note I will reconnect with you for this final session if need be.

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Carte d'Ingrid Richaud (recto) , psychologue à Wavre et à Nivelles (Brabant Wallon)Carte d'Ingrid Richaud (verso), psychologue à Wavre et à Nivelles (Brabant Wallon)