What is Counselling and Psychotherapy?
Counselling tends to be a short term exploration of a particular issue that is currently happening in the client’s life.
Psychotherapy is a more longer process which enables people to understand the deeper roots of their present difficulties.
Both counselling and psychotherapy will give you the space to explore thoughts, beliefs and behaviours that negatively affect your life.
Through counselling and psychotherapy you are given the support and secure environment to explore and understand these thoughts, beliefs and behaviours in the strictest confidence with a professionally qualified counsellor and psychotherapist.
Is Counselling and Psychotherapy totally confidential?
Counselling and Psychotherapy is a totally confidential service. In my practice maintaining the confidentiality of the client is of paramount importance. However, there are certain ethical and legal obligations which must also be considered and include the rights and welfare of children and minors. During the first session the issue of confidentiality will be fully explained.
What are the issues which people bring to counselling and psychotherapy?
In counselling or psychotherapy there is no set agenda and clients speak about a variety of issues. You can discuss any issue that is of importance to you.
How do I begin?
You can ring me by using the phone number on the contact page of this website. Alternatively you can send an e-mail which can also be found on the contact page.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions you will require depends on the issues you are experiencing. During our initial session I will want to hear about your situation and what has brought you to counselling/psychotherapy in order to assess your central needs. If counselling/psychotherapy is suitable and we feel we can work together, further sessions will be arranged.
How long does each session last?
Each counselling/psychotherapy session last one hour.
How much does a session cost?
There is a set fee for each session and this is discussed and agreed when you call to make an appointment. A small number of places are available at a reduced fee for those who cannot afford the full fee.
How often will I attend?
Counselling/psychotherapy usually takes place on a weekly basis. This is to allow clients time between sessions to reflect on what went on in the session. I consider the pace of counselling/psychotherapy important and I do not want to rush or overwhelm clients. However, if someone needs more support, extra sessions can be offered. In some cases a session may take place on a fortnightly basis.