What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?The main difference is the length of time. Counselling is usually shorter-term and tends to deal with more recent and often quite specific difficulties. Whereas. Psychotherapy is generally longer-term and seeks to look in depth at patterns of behaviours and ways of feeling that might have their origins in childhood.
Counselling or Psychotherapy is a 'Talking Therapy' and works beneficially for clients on many different levels. It has been found to alleviate many distressing symptoms including depression, anxiety, complex PTSD, sleep disturbance, stress and feelings of low self-esteem.
Being really listened to, heard and understood is a safe, confidential setting with empathy and without judgement, is a powerful and unique experience. Counselling is unlike normal conversations, you don't need to hold back negative thoughts for fear of causing offence or 'being a burden'. Thus the focus is completely on your story. This frees you, allowing your story to unravel naturally without diversion. The space is solely for you. As you talk, your thoughts can follow an uninterrupted flow and delve deeper. This process allows time for deeper reflection. You decide the pace and stop for reflection when you need to.
Psychotherapy explores possible repeating patterns, which develop in childhood, which are laid down like a blue print in your brain. You can revisit these early impressions and consider how they may have impacted on your experiences in later life.
Are the counselling sessions confidential?As a BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) registered counsellor/psychotherapist, I abide by the BACP code of ethics and respecting your confidentiality is mandatory. Confidentiality will only be broken in exceptional circumstances of legal obligation, usually when there is a significant risk of harm to you or to another person. Should such a scenario arise, support will not be withdrawn from you.
How long will it take?I offer open-ended therapy so there are no restrictions on the amount of sessions you have. Counselling can continue as long as you feel you need to, you decide, but the time counselling takes depends on the difficulties you are experiencing and the therapeutic goals that you want to achieve.
What is the cost of Counselling?As counselling is such a deep personal experience it is very important that choice of therapist is right for you, as an individual or as a couple.
I therefore offer the first initial session of 30 minutes at a cost of just twenty pounds, to see if you feel comfortable and we can work together.
Cost of counselling as follows:-
£40 for individuals for 50 minute session
£30 if under age of 25 years
£35 for Students
£50 for couples I hour session
As a trainee Clinical Supervisor I am able to offer Supervision sessions at a rate of £25 per hour or £35 for an hour and a half while in training.
A few spaces are kept available for those clients who may find the above fees are beyond their means
Brief and long-term therapy available. We will discuss together at our initial consultation how therapy may work best for you.