Frequently Asked Questions
What issues can counselling help with?
Therapy can help with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, bereavement, trauma, life crisis, identity issues, low self-esteem, relationship/attachment difficulties and more. However, some people use counselling as an effective support to work through a general feelings of confusion, overwhelmness, or an ongoing sense of dissatisfaction with their life. Counselling is client lead and therapist will talk about whatever is important to you.
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
The term ‘counselling’ is usually used to describe a shorter term process that includes active listening, understanding, non-judgement, and emotional support, which may be provided during a difficult time in a person’s life, or during a period of life crisis. The term ‘psychotherapy’ is usually used to describe a deeper process that may be longer in duration. It can include exploration of the past and the present, and may also involve exploration of how a person relates to others, to his/her environment, and even how they relate to the psychotherapist. This kind of exploration can be helpful in deepening our self-awareness (awareness of how we are living and interacting with others) and can help us make new, more fulfilling choices in our lives. You may have found that the terms are often used together and this may be because there is a lot of overlap between them. In reality, the process of self-exploration often includes both periods of support and periods of deeper work, as needed.
What can I expect to happen in a session?
Each session is an open place to talk about and reflect on what is on your mind, whether it is concerns about the past, present or future. Talking about and reflect on what is going on for you, which will help you get to know yourself at a deeper level of awareness and personal growth. Psychotherapy and counselling are open to anyone to would like to gain a deeper understanding of themselves or live with a greater sense of satisfaction and ease. It is not ‘what’ your experience has been that is important, rather it is whether you feel ready to explore ‘how’ you have been living, that makes the difference.
How long does it take?
This is different for everyone as there are many factors involved. Every person who comes to counselling is at a different stage in their process, so how long it takes will be different for each person.
Will the counsellor advise or tell me what to do?
No, counselling and psychotherapy are not about giving advice, it is about helping you find your own answers because developing the ability to connect with your inner self, your values, and your experience, is something you can continue to develop on your own after therapy ends. The goal of counselling and psychotherapy is that you will become your own expert.
How long are the sessions and when would we meet?
Each session lasts for 60 minutes, and we would usually meet at the same time each week. Sessions times are agreed on and there are both morning and evening times available.
How frequent are sessions and what if I need to cancel?
Sessions take place on a weekly basis, and it is important to keep the number of missed sessions to the minimum to give the psychotherapy process the best chance of working for you. Of course, sometimes things happen that are genuinely out of our control and that is understandable. However, for counselling and psychotherapy to be really effective, it does take commitment, so turning up regularly and making this time a priority is important.
How do I make an appointment?
You can contact me by phone or email to make an appointment, or if you would like any further information. If you are contacting by phone or email to make an appointment, please include a contact phone number.