Frequently Asked Questions …

Does Therapy work? 

Psychotherapy has helped many people deal with emotional or mental distress and is recognised as beneficial by the National Health Service.

(link to www.nhs.uk/conditions/psychotherapy, and www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/benefits-of-talking-therapy.aspx

Coming to therapy is a positive step towards understanding and taking control of your life through a process tailored to suit your specific needs and it can bring about lasting change.

What is the difference between Counselling, Psychotherapy, and Coaching? 

Counselling and Psychotherapy are generic terms, where Counselling is often used to describe short term work for a specific life circumstance whilst psychotherapy would more generally be applied to a longer term process exploring what shapes and influences who we are and our responses to life.  Psychotherapy may be more appropriate where a person feels a sense of struggle in their life without recognising a particular cause for it.

Coaching on the other hand does not pull on any theoretical framework but works with an individual to work out goals and aims for their future and then different strategies to make that happen.  Coaching can work on personal or professional issues.

How often do I need to come? 

This very much depends on what brings you to therapy and what you are hoping to achieve.  In general, sessions with each client are held at the same time and place each week but we recognise that every person is different and so we are happy to negotiate to suit specific and individual needs.

During the assessment we will look at the type of issues you are facing and what you want to achieve and will work together to decide whether short or longer-term therapy would seem appropriate. We keep this under review with you as sessions progress.  Ultimately clients can end their sessions and their period of therapy at any time and this remains in their control.

How is the cost of therapy worked out?

Clients are paying for qualified and experienced professionals who have undertaken intensive training that is underpinned by professional qualifications.

The cost base contributes to our continual professional development and mandatory clinical supervision alongside other costs associated with meeting the requirements of relevant professional bodies.

Our sessions are also conducted in private consulting rooms that offer a confidential and comfortable environment in easily accessible locations.

Do I need to be referred by a Doctor?

It is not necessary to be referred by your GP and you do not need to let anyone else know that you having therapy.  However, it is important to let the therapist know if you are currently on any relevant medication.

 Is it Confidential?

All our services provide a strictly confidential relationship between the client and their therapist, and this is a key aspect of our professional relationship with you.

The only exception to this is where there are genuine and serious concerns that the client may harm himself or herself or someone else. In line with the Safeguarding protocols in our code of practice, were this situation to occur, we would make every effort to discuss with you our intentions in advance of contacting appropriate statutory services.