Frequently asked questions
Is there a difference between Psychotherapy and Counselling?
The main differences between Psychotherapy and Counselling are around duration of therapy and the depth at which the therapist works with the client. Counselling tends to be over a much shorter period of time, centres around behaviour patterns and often focuses on one specific issue the client wishes to improve or change.
Psychotherapy involves working with clients over a longer term, helping the client gain greater insight into what has happened in their life and understanding of the emotional impact to make changes at a profound level. This can typically take several months or several years.
How many sessions of counselling will I need?
This will be discussed when you come for the initial session, we will work together to agree how long therapy will take once I have met with you and assessed the appropriate way forward with the issues you bring.
Is everything I discuss in the therapy room kept confidential?
All sessions are in confidence, in our initial meeting we will make a clear agreement around confidentiality before proceeding with any therapy. As part of my on-going professional development I have regular supervision with a qualified counsellor supervisor, there may be occasions where I may need to discuss our work within these supervision sessions. My supervisor follows the ethical guidelines set out by the UKCP and is bound to keep confidentiality in the same way I am.
If you have any other questions in relation to how I work or anything you want to ask about counselling generally please feel free to contact me.