Frequently Asked Questions
Psychotherapy is similar to counselling, with the focus upon your feelings, thoughts and problems, which you might be facing. Counselling is more short-term work 6 -18 weekly sessions, with Psychotherapy being more long-term work. Psychotherapy generally spends more time looking at underlying, ‘deeper’ causes and triggers rather than just what is ‘on the surface’. When we make the deeper connections, and gain the understanding and awareness of the ‘cause and effect’ we can find more satisfying long-term solutions.
The first assessment session is about exploring what you are seeking help with. I will aim to give you a better of understanding of how we can work together to achieve your goals in a safe, open and relaxed way. Remember the key to success is the commitment you put in.
For some, Online Counselling can be a convenient alternative to the traditional face-to-face counselling. I have been offering counselling via video link for years, with equally good results to in-person sessions.
I will be able to build rapport with you as easily as being in the room with me. I listen to your thoughts and feelings in the same empathic, understanding and warm way. We can work with the same issues as you would bring to me in person, yet often with more freedom, as you may feel safer in your home environment. Some prefer it; some do not, yet it provides choice. You may like a combination of online counselling with face to face, as your work may take you to different places. It’s your choice.
Sometimes it can save time and money as you do not have to drive to get to me, or if you do not live locally, you can see me from anywhere in the world. This then makes counselling and support accessible to all, no matter what your situation, providing you have Wi-Fi of course. And, if you don’t, we can hold a phone session.
Therapy is a process. Initially a person may feel relieved at being able to talk to someone who is attentive and caring. There is no predefined, maximum amount of time for us to spend working together – some clients may find that it is helpful to continue the process for a number of years, others for several months. This is a unique relationship between us, and it is entirely dependent upon the needs of each person.
Please read Getting the Most from Counselling.
Sessions are most productive once per week as consistency is important for getting the most out of therapy. Investing is yourself is the biggest investment you can make, so prioritizing that commitment is vital.
Short-term Counselling is helpful if you experience a sudden crisis; need to make a decision that may be difficult, something has unsettled you and you would like to be supported to understand why, and what to do about it.
Psychotherapeutic Counselling is open-ended and longer-term, more supportive therapy. It is useful if you experience difficult life changes; find it hard to resolve long-standing, persistent concerns or patterns of relating that are creating problems. You may be suffering internally but just do not know what to do, who to turn to or don’t know a way out.
I understand that sometimes circumstances dictate changes to our plans and I would certainly be able to reschedule your appointment.
I operate a 48 hour cancelation policy ( 2 working days* ) as when a session is cancelled with less notice, I can rarely refill this ‘saved’ session space. So, I will ask that you kindly pay for any appointment cancelled with less than 48 hours notice.
Our working relationship is a joint commitment between us both, and I can wholeheartedly guarantee you of mine.
*Working days excludes Saturday and Sunday