Frequently asked questions

 

What is the difference between psychotherapy and counselling?

I see psychotherapy and counselling as one and the same process with the main difference being the amount of time you spend in therapy. Some clients want to look at making changes about particular issues over a short time period to be agreed in advance (traditionally thought of as counselling) and others may want to work longer term to look more deeply about issues that are troubling them and affecting their lives.
 

How are you protected?

The content of our sessions is confidential between us. We will discuss the details of the confidentiality agreement when we meet. I work within the BACP Ethical Framework and adhere to the UKCP Code of Ethical Principles and Code of Professional Conduct.  As part of my professional practice I receive regular clinical supervision from a supervisor registered with UKCP.  I am committed to ongoing personal and professional development and I am required to provide evidence of my CPD for annual re-registration with UKCP. 
 

What will happen at the initial consultation?

The purpose of the initial session is to give us a chance to meet each other and to get a sense of how we would feel working together. We will talk about what brings you to therapy, what you are hoping to resolve or achieve and how therapy may be of benefit to you.  It will be an opportunity for me to ask you some background questions about yourself and to explain how I work. If you don't feel that therapy with me is right for you there is no obligation to continue.
 

How long will therapy take?

This decision will depend on what you are trying to address or change in your life. It will also depend on how you wish to approach therapy whether by looking more deeply at underlying issues or to focus on particular issues within a specific time frame. Together we can discuss these different ways of working when we meet. 
 

How much will it cost?

Individuals
I currently charge £45 for a 50 minute weekly session.  I offer a reduction in my usual fee to £30 for an initial consultation. I also offer a limited number of lower cost sessions by negotiation to trainees and those on benefits.

Couples
I currently charge £60.00 for a 60 minute session which is normally held weekly. The initial consultation costs £45.00 and may take longer than the usual 60 minutes.