What do Counsellors and Psychotherapists do?

Counsellors and Psychotherapists work in much the same way in encouraging the client to talk and explore their feelings, beliefs and thoughts in the hope that in doing so, the client will gain an increased capacity for choice. 

Counsellors will generally work with the client on specific issues or problems. This may be a relationship difficulty, or an anxiety about a work problem, such as being made redundant or being bullied at work.  Often the work is short term and solution focused.

A Psychotherapist works with people who have emotional, behavioural, psychological or mental difficulties. The work is mainly to encourage the client to talk and explore their feelings, beliefs and thoughts, and often, their childhood.

It is a process which seeks to help the person gain an increased capacity for choice, through which the individual becomes more autonomous and self determined. As a result the work is often long term, sometimes more than once a week.

Psychotherapeutic approaches may be based on scientific, humanist, psychoanalytical or philosophical. 

How many sessions do I need?

There is no rule about how many sessions a person needs and each case is different. Generally, counsellors and therapists usually review progress with you after six sessions.

What has been achieved can be discussed at this point and a decision about further sessions will be agreed.

What does it cost?

Counsellors offer a range of charges although many will have a fixed session price.  Charges should always be discussed at the outset of counselling (usually before the sessions have actually begun when first contact is made).

My fees are; £40 for individual clients - £70 for couples

 Will everything I say be treated as completely confidential?

Yes, Counsellors and Psychotherapists are bound by a strict Code of Ethics and will not reveal anything you say to anyone else without your specific consent.

The only time we would consider that confidentiality has to be breached is if we thought there was a real danger of you committing serious harm to yourself or another person especially, though not exclusively, where children may be at risk.

 What if I can't attend an appointment?

It depends on the Counsellor, but this will be agreed at the first session when Terms and Charges should be clearly discussed.

Typically any cancellation with more than 24 hours notice would mean a charge is not applicable if another appointment can fill the place.