Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is therapy?

Therapy offers the opportunity to talk in confidence to someone who has the experience, skills and professional training to listen carefully and respond effectively. One of the aims of therapy is to work with you to make changes which you feel would be helpful to you and benefit you in your life. By understanding more clearly about what may have led you to feeling the way you do or behaving in certain ways, or patterns. Often the origin of the problem may have been from the past, but the connections are not obvious to you. Therapy can help you to make links with the past and present, to assist you in making sense of your thoughts and feelings.

2. What is the difference between Psychotherapy and Counselling?

Counselling and Psychotherapy have many things in common. Counselling often addresses current issues that seem to have a particular focus and may be short term. In Psychotherapy, you can more fully explore deeper underlying patterns and feelings concerning long standing issues that often go back to your childhood. Psychotherapy is often complex and therefore long term, to allow you the time and space to work on any issues for as long as you feel necessary for the benefit of your health and wellbeing.

3. What issues could I bring to Counselling or Psychotherapy?

There are many times in peoples' lives when they feel unable to cope. It is not unusual to feel depressed, anxious or alone. The therapeutic space is there for you to bring whatever you feel you want or need to bring, no matter how big or small. Experience shows that it is often better to address any difficulties early, before they are able to grow. But therapy can even help if you didn't feel able to share your worries and the problem hit a crisis point, which began to impact on your life. Sometimes, we don't know what is wrong, but feel unsettled and confused. Through the therapeutic relationship, we can work collaboratively to begin to get to the route of the issue and work together to find solutions.

4. What normally happens in the therapy session?

We would normally arrange an initial assessment session, during which we would begin to explore any issues you may want to bring and to establish what you hope to gain from therapy. It is a chance for us both to decide if we feel that we can work together. It also enables me to see if I would be the right therapist for you and if I felt that I wasn't, I would be honest with you and ensure that I signposted you to ensure that you receive the best possible service to meet your needs.

If we decided to proceed further, we would arrange a time and day to meet for a 50 minute session. Initially for 6 weeks, then we would review this arrangement and you could decide whether you would like to have more sessions or complete your therapy at this point. It really is up to you.

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