Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between Counselling & Psychotherapy?
The practice of counselling and psychotherapy overlap, but usually counselling is a focussed process taking up to 12 sessions. As a general definition, in Counselling we use the individuals' existing internal resources, whereas in Psychotherapy we would work to build new resources which may result in a developing personality. Psychotherapy looks for the underpinning of the issues you may be struggling with now, consequently the outcome is likely to take longer to achieve. Sometimes the counselling process develops into one of psychotherapy.
How much will it cost?
You will appreciate that the level of fees for practitioners are dependant on the level of training and experience. Our are currently £60 for each 50 minute session for weekly appointments. We appreciate that these fees will be beyond some people's financial limits, if you are interested in talking with one of us and my fees are too high for you, then it may be possible to negotiate a fee that is within your budget. Please call and discuss your circumstances.
How can Counselling or Psychotherapy help with physical ailments?
Sometimes we unconsciously hold our physical pain by holding our emotional pain in our body. We have worked in partnership with Dr's, Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Massage Therapist, Chiropractors & Shiatsu practitioners.
Do I need to be referred by a Health Professional?
No, you can contact us directly by e-mail or by telephone. Through this first contact we would get some idea of the difficulty you are experiencing and make an appointment if you decide to.
What will happen?
At our initial meeting we will discuss what you would hope to achieve from the sessions, our task is to listen and let you know if your aim is within the competence of who you see. If we think that we are not the best person for you to be talking with, then we will do our best to offer you alternative ideas.
How am I safeguarded?
We are both members' of the professional bodies of UKCP & UKATA, bound by a strict Code of Ethics which is published on their websites. Each has a thorough complaints investigation process. Individually we undertake regular supervision of our work, ensuring that each client is carefully considered,while never identifying our client. Professional Indemnity Insurance is part of our professional responsibility. What is discussed in a session remains confidential between you and the therapist. The only exceptions to this are if you are involved in serious illegal activity, or there is a danger of you damaging yourself or someone else.