Q & A
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
The terms counselling and psychotherapy are often used interchangeably, but this can be misleading. One main difference between counselling and psychotherapy is the training involved. Whereas a counselling certificate can be gained in a number of months and even online, psychotherapy training usually takes a number of years and trains practitioners to work at a much greater depth. Thus, generally speaking psychotherapy can facilitate healing and transformation a much deeper level than counselling. This said, this is not a hard and fast rule, as some more rigorous counselling training is now available. Always check a professional’s qualifications when picking a therapist.
Do you offer telephone counselling?
Yes, I offer telephone counselling for certain issues. If you are interested in telephone counselling, please email me with details of what you would like to talk about and I will contact you to discuss how I can help.
What are your qualifications?
I trained at the Institute of Psychosynthesis, where I gained a diploma in both psychosynthesis counselling and psychotherapeutic counselling, plus a Masters in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy.
I also hold two previous degrees in Animal Science and Welfare and Community and Criminal Justice.
I am continuously updating my training. Here is some of the topics I have completed training on in recent years:
- Early developmental trauma
- Eating disorders
- Hearing voices
- Working with offending
- Domestic violence
- Bi-polar and schizophrenia
- Somatic experiencing
- Dream interpretation
- Under earning
- Sex and love addiction
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Motivational interviewing
What issues can you help me with?
I work with a broad range of different issues, including, but exclusively:
- Problems with relationships
- Obsessive thoughts
- Social anorexia
- Lack of life meaning
- Loss of identity and direction
- Childhood trauma
- Unbalanced, disharmonious life
- Lack of self esteem
- Postnatal depression
- Lack of enjoyment, fun and creativity
- Spiritual development
- Adapting to change
I also specialise in Early Developmental Trauma (EDT), as research indicates that trauma from this period underpins the majority of other issues.
Will therapy help me?
Therapy isn’t a magic cure, but it certain is extremely effective in helping improve and resolve many issues. It’s a bit like having a personal trainer, if you are willing to engage with the process, you will get a lot out of it.
How much does therapy cost and how can I pay?
My fee is between £50-£70 per session.
Payment can be made by either:
1. Cash: in person, on the day.
2. Bank Transfer: at least 48 hours in advance.
3. Paypal: at least 48 hours in advance. Paypal payments will incur a 3.5% charge.
4. Credit or debit card: on the day, or in advance. Credit or debit card payment will incur a 4% charge.
How long do sessions last and how frequently are they?
Each session lasts 50 minutes. Sessions are weekly.
How many sessions will I need?
This is very individual and depends on you and what you want out of the process. Like having a personal trainer, for some people one session is enough, for others it is a lifestyle choice that they engage with for a number of years. I am happy to discuss your individual needs on the telephone or in person.
I’m interested in beginning therapy, what should I do next?
If you are interested in beginning therapy, you can email me to arrange a free phone consultation, in which I can advise if therapy is suitable for the issue you are bringing. This conversation will give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have, and we can book an initial session if appropriate.
In this initial session, we will meet and discuss what has brought you into therapy. We will look at what might be the right path for you and there will be space for any questions you have. As research shows that the most crucial factor impacting the effectiveness of therapy is actually the relationship between the therapist and client, this is also an excellent opportunity to see if we work well together.
At the end of this session, if you decide you want to continue, we can book you in for your next session. Alternatively, if you feel you need time to think about what you want to do next, you are free to go with no obligation to continue.