What's the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

Its not unusual for counselling to be called 'therapy. There is a difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy. Counselling is usually a good way to help with a current problem; something that can be discussed and hopefully, resolved within a limited number of sessions. Over a certain number of weeks, where the understanding of the problem improves and a way forward becomes clear. Psychotherapy is often used to describe work that goes a bit deeper, towards more substantial life issues and problems having a deeper effect on the client’s life. Psychotherapy often requires a long-term approach. I offer both short and long term options.

How long will I need to have counselling?

How long a period therapy lasts will vary from person to person and depend on the depth of the issues they are facing. For some people 10 weekly sessions helps to bring their problems into focus, and they feel ready to move forward; other problems may require more of an open-ended approach. Our work together is frequently reviewed to give opportunity to explore the best ways of working for you.

How long will I have to wait for an appointment?

My aim is to offer a first free initial appointment - within 1-2 weeks. Should we decide we are compatible and I can I can help you, we would discuss our availability and arrange your counselling sessions to take place at the same time every week.

Will everything I say be kept confidential?

A clients privacy is very important to me. Everything we discuss verbally and in writing is confidential. However, there are exceptions to this and any decision to break confidentiality is not taken lightly. If I am able to, I will discuss any disclosures with you first. The exceptions are:

- If I feel there is a risk of serious harm to you or someone else

- If you disclose information about a serious crime, including an act of Terrorism

- If I feel there is a risk to the welfare of any child/ren or vulnerable adults/s.

- Where I am required to do so through a court order

I attend supervision on a regular basis to get support and guidance with my work. This is to ensure I am working ethically and within my competency to give you the best service I can. When I discuss client work, I will use a client number rather than a clients name to keep their identity anonymous.

Can I bring a friend or relative with me?

Usually I am asked this question by people who are nervous about entering into counselling, or when they are looking for support in coming to see a therapist. This anxiety is understandable, but a key aspect of therapy is that you should feel free to talk about any issues you feel are important to you. Having someone else with you who can be connected those issues makes opening-up more difficult, so for this reason I do not see clients accompanied by friends or family.

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