Frequently Asked Questions
Does therapy really work?
I know people are suspicious of counselling and psychotherapy and think they will be made to do things they don’t want to do. This is UNTRUE.
There are two types of therapy for people who have different sorts of needs:–
1. the people that have a sudden event and they need to adjust to what has changed
2. those people with long-term emotional problems for example depression, anxiety, fear of intimacy, abuse, loss and bereavement etc.
Together we need to understand what is not right so that you can build up new experiences. These things take time to change and need your commitment to therapy to bring about the change.
How do I know I am the right counsellor for you?
The first session enables us to explore your feelings and what prompted you to seek counselling. It may be after the initial session we can decide if it is appropriate to continue to work together.
How long will I be in counselling?
We talk about what you would like to achieve through counselling so together we can set some goals. This will give an idea as to how much time you will need, a specific difficulty may be 6 to 12 sessions, long-term difficulty will require understanding of yourself in more depth, this will be six months or more, with regular reviews.
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
A simple explanation would be counselling is generally shorter term, psychotherapy is a more in-depth understanding and likely to be longer-term.
How do I know my practitioner is suitably qualified?
There are a range of qualifications but as a guide look for a counsellor who is a registered member of a professional organisation such as UKCP (UK Council of Psychotherapy) or BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). I am member of both organisations.
How will I know if the therapy is working?
You will gradually be able to think and behave differently with the counselling and psychotherapy having far reaching effects, such as improving your mood, your self-esteem, your confidence and your relationships.
How long are the sessions and what does it cost?
The first session is FREE with the sessions being 50 minutes long, usually meeting once a week at a regular time.
A session usually costs £40 but fees can be negotiated depending on your personal circumstances.