Q. What is counselling and psychotherapy?

A. The most frequent question I get asked is” What is counselling and psychotherapy?” I hope the explanation below gives you a better understanding of what to expect from counselling.

BACP definition:

“Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing”. (Adapted from BACP)

Counselling involves a person talking with a therapist in a safe and non-judgmental space. It is an arena where a client can explore their issues from a different perspective and gain knowledge and understanding of what it is that might be troubling them. By developing self- awareness and using certain techniques, the therapist can guide the client on a journey to better understanding of themselves and their difficulties .I believe that working together and developing a positive therapeutic relationship, is the key to successful therapy.

What counselling and psychotherapy can help with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self-Esteem
  • OCD
  • Phobias
  • Addictions
  • Anger Management
  • Panic Attacks
  • Trauma
  • PTSD
  • Grief & Loss
  • Eating Disorders
  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse

Q. How many sessions will I need?

A. Everyone is different and to a certain extent I tailor the sessions to the undividual needs of the client. However, therapeutically it is suggested that a course of six sessions is beneficial, although some clients may need more or less.

Q. When will I notice the difference?

A. It depends on your issue, but just by sharing and talking about your problems, some clients report an immediate feeling of relief that you are taking control and making positive steps to change your life for the better.

Q. What happens at first session?

A. I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation to discuss initial needs and queries that you may have. A first session is then booked where I do a full assessmemnt and decide which therapy would be best suited to you.

Q. Are sessions confidential?

A. All sessions are confidential and data (including any notes taken) are under the data protection act.