What is Counselling and Psychotherapy?

Counselling and Psychotherapy are both ‘talking therapies’. In essence, talking therapies aim to help people sort out their problems and feel differently by way of regular, structured meetings with a Counsellor or Psychotherapist.

What are the differences between the two?

This is an area which is open for debate.

Counselling usually tends to be shorter term work focused on a particular issue e.g. a client may have bereavement counselling following a loss.

Psychotherapy generally tends to be longer term, deeper work and requires a longer and more rigorous training on the part of the therapist. The roots of current difficulties are often uncovered during psychotherapy as well as issues such as meaning in life.

Often, psychotherapy evolves following a period of shorter-term work. I prefer to use the term ‘therapy’ to apply to all therapeutic work.

How many sessions will I need?

This varies considerably for each individual, depending on the issues you are working on. Together we can agree a time frame that feels right for you and this will be reviewed regularly.

What is therapy like?

Each client’s experience of therapy will vary and each therapy session will be unique.

Therapy is a unique setting. It is not a magic wand. It is unlikely you will feel better instantly. In fact, sometimes talking about things which we have kept buried can be difficult and painful. However, clients often find that it is a relief for them to air what is troubling them.

Therapy can enable us to experience the full range of human emotions, whether joy and happiness or grief and anger.

Therapy takes commitment to the process and a desire to take responsibility for our own lives. I have witnessed the long-lasting positive changes that therapy can bring about. I feel passionately that therapy should not be seen as something purely for individuals who are experiencing mental health difficulties. I believe that we can all benefit from some time and space to think about our lives and understand ourselves better.

How can I get started?

Give me a call or send me an email and I will do my best to get back to you within 24 hours. We will have a brief phone conversation where we arrange to meet.

We can then meet for an initial consultation where I will ask you about your history and what brings you to therapy. I will also ask what you would like to get out of attending sessions. We will then be able to get a sense of whether we can work well together.

What if I decide that you’re not the right therapist for me?

There are no obligations to commit to subsequent sessions after the initial consultation. If I am not the right therapist for you, I may be able to point you in the direction of a different therapist or an organisation that will be better suited to you.

What if I have to cancel a session?

As your appointment time is reserved specifically for you, unless agreed otherwise, if you cancel a session with less than 7 days’ notice, you’ll need to pay the full fee for the session.

Will you discuss what I tell you with anybody else?

What you tell me will be confidential.

I work within the ethical principles and code of conduct of the UKCP (www.ukcp.org.uk). I attend supervision with an experienced, professional supervisor who is also bound by the ethical principles and code of conduct of the UKCP. I share anonymous case information with them in order to improve my work.

If you have any questions which remain unanswered, or you’re still unsure if counselling or psychotherapy is right for you, please do give me a call. I am happy to talk through your concerns on the phone. If you have to leave a message, please indicate when would be a good time for me to return your call.

Where do the sessions take place?

Sessions are held at two locations:

Help Counselling Centre,
57 Portobello Road,
London W11 3DB

Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education,
Beauchamp Lodge,
2 Warwick Crescent,
London W2 6NE.