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What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?

Counselling is a treatment that usually targets a specific symptom or situation, while Psychotherapy is a longer-term treatment that attempts to gain more insight into someone's problems, issues & stressors. However, many people use the terms interchangeably.


How long does each Counselling session last?

An individual Counselling session will last 50 minutes; I will usually let you know when the session is coming to an end and ensure you are safe to leave.


How often do I need to see my Counsellor?

Most Counsellors work on a weekly basis for continuity and so that you are getting the most from each session. Sometimes circumstances arise which may require sessions to be every other week; this can be accommodated with advance notice.


I would not recommend having sessions with breaks longer than 2 weeks initially, but it is something that could arise during the latter stage of the sessions which would be discussed and agreed with you.


How many sessions will I need?

Each individual’s Counselling journey is totally unique; it could be that you feel you need Counselling support for weeks, months or even years. This is something that only you will know. We would usually review our work together every 6 sessions to monitor progress and see how you were finding our sessions.


I would suggest an initial 10 - 12 sessions to start with and if these prove beneficial then continue.


Can I bring someone with me to my Counselling sessions?

It is better for the work we do together to not have another person in the room as it may impact on our sessions and the relationship we build. I would ask that if you do wish bring someone with you that they either wait in the car, or pick you up at the end of the session. If you would still like someone to accompany you, we could discuss this and come to a mutual arrangement.


Can I see a Counsellor via the NHS, for free?

Of course, you can ask your GP to refer you to see a Counsellor, however you must be mindful that there is a significant wait for these services. A lot of people choose to go privately due to the wait times of months and even years to get the treatment they need.


Is it confidential?

Confidentiality is crucial to Counselling so that we can build a trusting relationship together. Mostly, the content of what you choose to share will be held in the strictest confidence however there are a few exceptions to this and this is mainly in relation to the Law and Safeguarding these include:


  1. If you pose a serious risk of to yourself or others (particularly vulnerable adults or children);

  2. Where I am required to do so by Law i.e in relation to money laundering, drug trafficking, counter terrorism, etc;

  3. If I am ordered to by a Court of Law.


I will not disclose any information you bring to the sessions to anyone, except those already mentioned above. I will always - where possible – discuss any concerns with you first unless I believe that it would put you, myself or others at risk.

*Please note if I am working through an Employer or Third Party, confidentiality may differ. I will always discuss and agree this with you at our assessment prior to the sessions beginning. 

If you have any other questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

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