What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?

Counselling and psychotherapy are both terms that are associated with talking therapy. Counselling tends to be more short term and solution focused, looking at specific problems or issues that you may be experiencing and helping you find solutions to them. Psychotherapy tends to be longer term and more in depth, placing greater emphasis on the formulative influences of significant relationships (from early childhood to present day); identifying how behavioural and thinking patterns may have developed, and how both of these factors may be affecting your experience of life.

I think I’d like to start therapy. What is the next step?

In the first instance, please get in touch so that we can discuss why you are seeking therapy and how I may best support you. If we mutually agree that therapy is right for you, then we can arrange an initial session. Please note, that in some instances it may be that an alternative type of therapy is more appropriate, in which case I will help you to explore different options.

What happens in the first session?

This session is essentially an opportunity to get to know each other and to decide if we would like to work together. During this meeting I will gather some detailed information about your background and discuss what has bought you to counselling/psychotherapy, and what you are hoping to achieve. It will also give you the opportunity to discuss any concerns or issues you may have regarding the process of counselling/psychotherapy, before you make the decision to go ahead. This meeting will last around 60 minutes and is free of charge.

How long and how often are the sessions?

Sessions are 50 minutes long and take place at a set time each week. Appointment times can be discussed and mutually agreed at our initial meeting.

How many sessions will I need?

I generally work in an open-ended way, which means that the number of sessions will depend on your individual needs and preferences. This is something that can be discussed at our initial meeting and can be reviewed at any point during the therapeutic work.

What is the cancellation Policy?

If you do need to cancel your appointment, 48 hours’ notice is required. Failure to do so, will result in the full fee being payable.

Is what we talk about confidential?

Confidentiality and professionalism are maintained at all times. In accordance with BACP professional and ethical codes of practice, I receive regular supervision to assist my work, to enhance my practice and to ensure that I am working safely.