What is therapy?
Coming to therapy can be the first step towards change and growth. It is a safe and confidential space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours with an empathetic, non-judgmental qualified therapist. Over time therapy can help you see your life from a different perspective, identify changes that could be made, and help you to accept and move on from certain situations or emotional states. Paying attention to the dynamics of the therapeutic relationship, through empathic attunement, understanding, meaning-making and co-learning, we can work together towards greater self-understanding, self-acceptance and the freedom to choose the way you want to live your life.
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
There are overlaps, but a simple way of differentiating between counselling and psychotherapy is to think of counselling as a way of supporting someone through a particularly troubling or difficult life event or issue, whilst psychotherapy is a longer-term process appropriate for more long-standing and complex issues.
I am qualified as both a counsellor and a psychotherapist. If you are not clear whether it is counselling or psychotherapy you require we can discuss this at your initial appointment.
What’s the first step?
If you would like to give it a try please get in touch by email. We can arrange a time to have a chat on the phone so I can answer any other questions you may have and arrange a session. The initial assessment session will be a bit different to other sessions, allowing us to meet and get to know each other, work through any questions you may have and also discuss your expectations. During the session, I will also ask you about what has brought you to therapy and some other questions to help me identify the most appropriate way for us to work together. Hopefully, by the end of the session, you will have a good sense of if therapy is for you and if you would like to proceed.
How long are sessions, and how often will I come?
The sessions last 50 minutes. Once we have arranged a time and date for our sessions then this will be the same each week.
How many sessions will I need?
This depends on what you want, your needs, and our availability. We review our work together regularly.