What to expect

People often feel anxious and unsure of what to expect when they go to a first therapy or assessment appointment.  It can be difficult to discuss personal issues or difficulties, therefore it is important to us that we do our best to create a safe, confidential and supportive space for you to come to meet with us.

For your first appointment with us, we would take time to discuss and explain how therapy works, along with issues of confidentiality and record keeping.  We are registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) and we have a Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions that form part of a Therapy Contract, which will be discussed and agreed with you at your first appointment.  We will also ask you to complete some basic administration forms, and we will ask you to complete some questionnaires about emotional symptoms. We then discuss with you the reasons you have come to meet with us, what it is you would like help with, and how you might like us to help you.

Following this, we discuss with you how we think we can best help you, and if you think that this is something you would like to do.  You do not need to know, or have chosen any particular type of therapy or intervention before you make contact with us.  If you are unsure, or do not know, then we will be able to advise you and make recommendations based on your situation and your needs.

If you decide that you would like to receive help from us, we then arrange a series of appointments, usually weekly, and usually lasting between 50 minutes and an hour. We endeavour to start the intervention with you as soon as possible.

The nature of these sessions will then vary depending on the type of intervention that we have agreed is best suited to your needs.  These will be agreed with you in writing.

About Sarah Leggett

After gaining her First Class Honours degree in Human Psychology at De Montfort University in 2004, Sarah worked as a graduate Research Assistant and Assistant Psychologist in a number of posts covering Learning Disability, Forensic settings, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Adult Mental Health, and Mental Health Rehabilitation. Following the completion of her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire in 2009, she went on to publish her thesis entitled The Psychological Effects of Considering a Move Into Residential Care: An Age Related Study, along with several other publications. She also secured a post in what was then North East Essex Mental Health Partnerships NHS Trust working with Adults and Older Adults, making use of diagnostic measures and techniques for work in a Memory Clinic and in Adult Mental Health. She began further training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) on a post-graduate diploma course based at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, which she qualified from in 2014.
Sarah has worked since 2015 at a Community Pain Management Service based in Bury St. Edmunds, where she set up the psychology pathway and service delivery, making use of CAT to help treat patients attending with chronic pain. Treatment using this pathway has produced some excellent outcomes, even in very brief therapy, the results of which are currently being written up for further publication. Sarah has also formed close links with The University of East Anglia during this post and works to assist the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme as an Associate Tutor and Placement Supervisor for trainees. In addition to CAT, Sarah has also undertaken further training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a treatment found particularly helpful when treating trauma, which she uses, as needed, alongside CAT to good effect.

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We work from tranquil and purpose built rooms based at Encore Wellness, 20 High St, Needham Market, Ipswich IP6 8AP

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Greenfields House
Norwich Road
Stonham Parva
Suffolk
IP14 5LB

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01449 706007

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