What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
There is actually very little difference between counselling and psychotherapy. They are often seen as interchangeable and overlap in many ways. The main difference is the duration of the process. Typically, counselling tends to be shorter-term, whereas psychotherapy is longer-term.
Do sessions have to be weekly?
No. Some clients prefer fortnightly sessions, maybe for reasons relating to finance or time restraints. The frequency of sessions is something that we can agree on when we first meet. In some cases, it may be beneficial to start with weekly sessions to get to know each other and so that the work can “get going” without any interruption.
What is registration with a professional body?
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Being registered with the BACP means that I have achieved a substantial level of training and experience, which has been approved by this professional body. I am also bound by their code of ethics for good practice in counselling. Please refer to www.bacp.co.uk for further information.
Do you offer couples counselling?
Although a big part of my work is helping clients with a variety of relationship issues, I do not offer couples counselling. If you have concerns about a particular relationship and would like to explore this individually, then please contact me for more information.
Do you offer counselling to children?
Working as a secondary school counsellor, I have a lot of knowledge and experience in supporting young people with issues that they face. At my private practice, I can offer counselling to young people aged thirteen years or older. Unfortunately, I do not offer counselling to children younger than thirteen years old.
Do you offer online sessions?
I understand that with the demands of modern life, meeting face-to-face for sessions can sometimes be difficult. I offer sessions via Zoom, which is a video messaging system that is free and GDPR compliant.
What if I want to end my sessions?
Counselling is your choice. If you feel you have got all you can out of counselling or are no longer finding it helpful, then we can have a conversation about this and organise an ending. It is best practice to have an ending so that the process is complete.