What is Counselling and Psychotherapy?

Many people may have heard of counselling, but are unsure of the term psychotherapy. There are many similarities and differences. Both have a trained person who listens to your problems and helps you to find a way forward that will benefit you. Counselling deals with more minor situational problems, which can be dealt with often in a short length of time, for example 4-8 sessions. Where as psychotherapy deals with longer term issues that may have troubled the individual longer, for example since childhood and require longer term work, possibly months or years. The length of time required for an issue is decided upon between the  client and therapist.

How can counselling and therapy help me?

Therapy is a process aimed at helping you gain an understanding of your emotions through increased awareness, acknowledgement and acceptance of them.  Therapists aim to help you explore a range of options and evaluate alongside you what may be the most suitable path. They are there to support, respect and value you.

The therapist may use a variety of approaches based on your needs to help you identify and overcome problems.  Through increased self-knowledge there is the potential for you to become more empowered , realise your own needs and make more informed choices about your life.

How do I know if I need counselling or psychotherapy?

Only you can decide whether you wish to try counselling or psychotherapy. Just talking to someone confidentially who is not a friend or member of the family can make all the difference. Counselling and psychotherapy provides a regular time for those in distress to explore their feelings and talk about their problems. A counsellor can help you develop a better way of coping allowing you to live a more fulfilled life.

How long does it take?

It very much depends on the type of problems you are experiencing. A person who is experiencing minor situational problems may require a shorter period of therapy than those who have long standing problems which affect many areas of their lives.

Primarily, time is needed to allow you to establish trust and develop a working therapeutic relationship with your therapist.

What can I expect?

The sessions allow you the time to talk in a safe confidential, non-judgemental environment with someone not directly involved with the situation about the concerns which are preventing you from leading a more satisfying life. You will be offered an initial assessment session followed by regular sessions initially on a weekly basis with your therapist, which may change to fortnightly.

Do I have to be referred by my GP?

No, you can self refer.

How do I start?

After an initial chat on the phone or email correspondence the assessment session takes between 50 minutes and 1 hour 15 minutes at a fixed rate.

Thereafter therapy sessions last 50 minutes.

Help with stress, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, relationship problems and many other conditions.