- What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
- How can I be sure that my Counsellor/Psychotherapist is qualified?
- Is counselling/psychotherapy confidential?
- How much will it cost?
- How do I know that the therapist will be right for me?
- How many sessions will I need?
A: The main difference is in the length and depth of the training programme, UKCP Psychotherapist are trained to Master level. Counselling tends to refer to short-term work and is usually used to address a specific issue. Whereas psychotherapy is a term more associated with longer term work; it considers in great depth the impact of past experinces and relationships on current behaviour and relationships.
There is however some overlap between what a Counsellor offers and a Psychotherapist; both work with individuals and groups either short-term or long-term to promote emotional well-being.
A: The BACP or UKCP can confirm the registration, accreditation and qualifications of practitioners.
A: Everything that you discuss with your Counsellor or Psychotherapist is confidential. There can be certain legal exceptions and your practitioner should clarify this with you during your first sessions.
A: Each session will cost £45.00 and each session will last 50 minutes. Cash or cheques as payment are acceptable and payment should be made at the start of each session.
If you are unable to attend a session and you provide us with 48 hours notice prior to your appointment a cancellation fee will not be charged. Otherwise the full fee is payable.
A: Finding the right therapist is something that you should consider very carefully as it is important to have confidence in your therapist and to also feel comfortable with them. During our first session we will talk about your requirements, answer any questions that you may have about therapy and see if we can work together.
A: It is not always clear how many sessions you will require from the offset. When we meet you will be able to share your concerns and this information will help to determine whether long or short-term therapy should be offered. 12 sessions is usually the minimum recommended for short-term therapy, however sometimes a longer period of time is required. For more complicated difficulties long-term therapy is recommended.