What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
The distinction between counselling and psychotherapy has become blurred. I consider counselling to be when the client and I decide to focus on a specific issue; psychotherapy, on the other hand, is when we agree to work at more depth, exploring the patterns developed in childhood, which we all use to deal with life's challenges. These patterns are often not conscious or indeed useful and are limiting in adult life. They block choice, being an obstacle to change and self fulfilment.
How will I know if therapy is going to work for me?
In our introductory meeting we will explore whether psychotherapy or counselling is appropriate and acceptable for you and you will be able to assess the benefits of our working relationship (which is shown in research to be a key factor in the likely success of your therapy experience).
Do I have to be referred by my doctor?
It is not necessary to have a referral from your GP or other medical specialist for you to have therapy. If you wish me to liaise with your GP, I will do so but only at your request. I am often referred clients by GPs and liaison with them still only takes place with the client's consent.
What will therapy do for me?
Your therapeutic encounter is aimed to be a long term and lasting solution. My goal is to help you gain self-awareness, mindfulness and autonomy, which, having worked with many hundreds of clients, is what I see as the key to your self development, choice and change.
How long will therapy take?
Typically counselling around a specific, immediate issue will comprise of 6-10 weekly 50 minute sessions. Psychotherapy to address deeper long-term challenges will take longer. We would plan to review your progress after 6-10 sessions and decide whether a longer term work is desirable. If so, we can reach a time contract agreed by both of us.