Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between Psychotherapy and Counselling?
There are many different types of counselling: humanistic, integrative, cognitive
behavioural to name just a few. The basic training tends to be 3 years and many counsellors do further study.
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is a 5 year training course and the difference is the depth and complexity of issues worked with; the longer training time reflects this.
Psychotherapists have a registered accredited body which ensures strict training practices and further development through CPD (Continuous Professional Development).
Further information is available at the British Psychoanalytic Council which you can visit via the link below.
How long are the sessions?
The initial consultation is between 1 and 1.5 hours. This is an introductory session to decide which type of therapy is best suited to you and, more importantly, to see whether you would feel comfortable working with me.
We will agree a weekly session time and whether you would prefer time-limited or open ended psychotherapy.
Weekly sessions last 50 minutes.
Will my information be kept safe?
What we talk about in the sessions is confidential and stays in the therapy room. However, if circumstances arise where there are safeguarding concerns, such as child protection, suicidal thoughts or harm to others, I would need to act accordingly and refer to the appropriate authorities.
What kind of people do you see?
Age is no boundary. I see young adults, people in later stages of life and all those in-between. People seeking therapy are generally distressed by some aspect of their experience whatever their situation, and need help to facilitate some kind of change.
If you have any unanswered questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with me. I am here to help!