Counselling and Psychotherapy: is there a difference?
Counselling is often considered to involve shorter term work which may help you come to terms with with a particular issue or difficulty in your life or to make a change in your circumstances.
Psychotherapy involves psychological work at a “deeper level” to bring about a more fundamental change within yourself. While this is still a talking therapy, it is usually a longer process as it is about looking at your life and the outdated, unhelpful ways that you might think, feel or behave towards yourself or others. It usually requires an understanding of our early patterns of relating, responding and behaving that come from our past. We gain this awareness, see how it is impacting on our present and then we can decide what changes to make in order to help us in the future.
How Can Therapy Help Me?
People come to therapy for many different reasons: you may be unhappy, stressed or distressed as a result of a recent event or crisis in your life ie a bereavement or relationship breakdown. Or it might be that you have developed depression or anxiety symptoms and are uncertain what has caused this. You may have a sense of dissatisfaction about yourself or your life, or there may be a longstanding issue stemming from your early life experiences. Whatever your reason, you want to think, feel or behave differently.
However unfortunately there is no “magic wand’ in the process of therapy and change takes time as old patterns of behaviour, feelings and thinking get examined, updated and replaced with more helpful and satisfying ones.
You are the person who holds the potential to be different and therapy requires you to be an active participant in the process and changes.
How Often Should I Attend?
How frequently you attend for sessions depends on several factors but it is worth remembering that therapy is a process. In general it is best to attend therapy weekly initially, in order to build trust in the therapy relationship and to gain a momentum of change. People usually reduce the frequency of their sessions to fortnightly or perhaps less often when it feels right to do so.
What Happens In A Session?
In a session you will be free to talk about your problem and your situation but at your own pace. My role is to listen carefully and attentively to what you say to help you explore and come to a deeper and full understanding of your difficulty. I may ask some questions to aid the therapeutic work and to enhance your understanding of your emotions, thinking and behaviour. In our work together we will consider what is happening in the ‘here and now’ of the session- using your responses and experiences to generate change and insight; exploring our relationship and finding ways for you to be more fully yourself and ways of having more satisfying relationships with others. Generally speaking, therapists do not tell people what to do with their lives- but assist them to make decisions for themselves with confidence. It is important that we regularly review our work together, in order for you to get the most out of the therapy.
Who Can Come for Therapy ?
I only work with individuals and couples over the age of 16 years for face to face short term and long term work.
I do not work with children or adolescents under the age of 16 as this is a specialised field for which I am not trained or qualified.
How Much Does It Cost?
Currently my fees are £50 per session for individuals and £55 per session with couples. Each session lasts 60 minutes.
How Do I Find Out More?
If you would like more information on counselling and psychotherapy, I have included links to several useful organisations on my Links Page. I am also happy to answer any queries you may have or arrange an initial exploratory appointment. Please get in touch by calling or emailing me. You can see my ‘Contact Me’ details here.