What is therapy/counselling & psychotherapy?

What is therapy/counselling and what is psychotherapy? You may have seen these terms used together, separately, and sometimes interchangeably. There is some overlap between the two terms, yet there is often disagreement between exactly what they mean.

In the Dictionary of Psychology, Reber and Reber (2001) use the term Counselling to describe the processes used to aid problem solving and Psychotherapy as any technique that may ease emotional, mental, or behavioural distress. Another view is that counselling tends to be short-term work, with psychotherapy tending towards the longer-term work needed develop an understanding of how past experiences and events may be affecting you today.

If you wish to find out more, links to an information sheet and a UKCP webpage can be found on my resources page here.

How can therapy help?

By working with a trained and professional therapist, you will have the opportunity to explore and understand your thoughts and feelings about your problems and concerns in a safe, supportive, non-judgemental and confidential space. 

Clients often let me how much they value having the space just for them and to begin to make sense of what’s going on for them.

What happens & how does it work?

Therapy sessions last for 50 minutes, and will typically take place at the same time and day of the week.

There can be some flexibility around time, but my experience has shown that therapy works best when at a regular time-slot.

After an initial phone consultation, we will have our first session.   During the first session we will explore in more depth why you are seeking help, what I can offer and start to get a sense of how we might work together.   If we decide to work together, we will agree upon a ‘counselling contract’, and the time and date of our regular sessions.

What do I offer?

I offer both short term and long-term work. During our first session together, we will discuss what is right for you at this moment.  You may prefer to work to a short-term contract of between 6 and 12 weeks, or opt for open-ended long-term therapy. 

Whether long term or short term we will periodically review and reflect on how things are going.  At all times, you are in control. It is your therapy, and you are free to choose to end at any time.

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