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.

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 to continue on your own.

Consultations for individuals, couples and familys (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 work on things, as well as create unrealistic expectations of your therapist. In this case, it is most likely best to wait and find a way to rest at home or on a retreat before starting the therapeutic process.

Here are some considerations if you are considering therapy:

1) Active collaboration

Psychotherapy involves both parties; it is a collaboration of two equals in which both take full responsibility for addressing any difficulties during the process. The therapist cannot « guess » what you are thinking or « magically » create the desired change. As you know best, who you are, what your needs are and what you are going through, it is by sharing and questioning thoughts and doubts that we have the best chance in meeting your goals. You are the driving force of change who can decide if and when change is needed. Indeed, the tools I have are powerless without your input.

 2) Risks

To speak implies risks, it can be uncomfortable and scary to bring up stories that we are ashamed of or don’t totally understand. It is a process and with time, you should feel more legitimate and comfortable exploring your Self and thoughts.

Also, change in one area alsways implies change in other areas, meaning that if it brings advantages on the one hand, it can also be a disadvantage on the other. Change has its own rhythm, it cannot be forced. We will therefore evaluate beforehand the risks of change while searching for how to better protect yourself from unwanted outcomes.

You can thing of the therapeutic space not as a decision-making space but more of a creative non-judgmental exploration space.

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 themselves, 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 total fee will be charged. This is standard practice and enables recognition for the professional’s time and work.

6) Goodbye Session

When you decide you want to stop therapy, a “Goodbye Session” is highly recommended, as it constitutes a healthy way to separate and close any suspending previous discussions. This session also enables us to review your progress while discussing how you plan to go forward with what was accomplished.

Moreover, it is an opportunity to bring into the open unexpressed difficulties and/or possible misunderstandings from previous sessions. Holding myself accountable for the safety of the therapeutic framework, 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)