Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know whether you are a good fit for me or which type of therapy might be best for me, can we have an initial call to discuss things?

Yes. In the first instance I will suggest we have a phone call in which you can ask me questions and say a little about what you might like support with and we can figure out together whether our working together might be useful.  This is free of charge, and there is no obligation afterwards to take things forward.

What will happen during our initial appointment?

The first time we meet is an assessment in which you tell me a little about yourself and what you might want help with and I can tell you a little about the therapy approach that might suit.  Our work is a collaboration and so we figure out between us what might be a good way forwards.  Its normal to feel a little anxious at the outset and I will do everything I can to help you feel safe.

If I feel I am not the right person to help you, I may be able to direct you to another colleague or service.

How long does each therapy session take?  How many sessions will I need?

Each therapy session will take 50 minutes, and meeting weekly is usually the best rhythm, to begin with at least.  In some case a time limited piece of work may be useful (10-20 sessions). For lifelong difficulties in relationships, very severe difficulties, and problems based in a traumatic or abusive childhood, therapy can take considerably longer.

When we meet for assessment, I'll tell you about how long a treatment I believe you're likely to need so that you can make an informed decision about whether to go ahead.

 Where will sessions take place?

We can have in-person sessions in Brighton.  My base is here:

18a Clermont Road
East Sussex

Or we can have sessions online via Zoom.  Over the past couple of years we have had to adapt to remote working and it can work very well and can offer a useful flexibility.


Chartered Psychologist Dr Helen Startup

Helen Startup CBT Brighton

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18a Clermont Road
East Sussex, BN1 6SG