Frequently Asked Questions
What is counselling?
Counselling is a talking therapy offering you a completely confidential and safe space to open up and talk about your thoughts and feelings - whether they are from your past, present day or about your future. Counselling is many things but perhaps best described as a process, unique to the individual. The goal is to empower you, to feel better, offering you new perspectives.
What is life coaching?
Life coaching is to help you acknowledge where you are today more clearly, and then help and support you in finding ways, strategies and tools to move you forward and closer toward your goals. Coaches tend to stay in the present and look ahead with you to your future.
What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy weighs focus on past issues that might be contributing to present day problems. It is often significantly longer term work.
In contrast, counselling is often focussed on specific issues or situations, such as anxiety or bereavement, and takes place over weeks to several months. In practice, however, there is a significant overlap between the two terms and both are nicknamed just 'therapy'.
Many counsellors have training and skills that would fall under the heading of psychotherapy, for example CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), therefore work in a psychotherapeutic way (hence Psychotherapeutic Counselling). Many counsellors will also gain further and necessary training to register as a psychotherapist.
It's worth noting Carl Rogers, a famous psychologist, coined the term 'counselling' in the USA during the 1940s, a time when US psychologists were not legally permitted to use the term psychotherapy to describe their work without a medical license.
What are your fees?
We offer a free fifteen minute consultation to all clients.
Please refer to our fees section here.
Do you offer concessions?
We offer concessions for NHS key workers, people in unemployment or have low income. Please get in touch to find out how we can help you.
Who do you work with?
We work with individuals and couples. We welcome all men and women over the age of 18, regardless of disability, sexuality, race, religion or national origin.
What happens in our first session?
You will meet your counsellor or coach for the first time in person or online. The first session is designed to obtain your background information and your reasons for entering therapy or coaching. This is an opportunity for you to start to talk about things, perhaps you have never spoken about before, for your counsellor or coach to get a sense of what is troubling you.
How many sessions will I need?
The process can be short-term (maybe 6 or 8 sessions) to much longer term (maybe half to a full year). However, this is really determined by what issue(s) you bring to session and at what depth you want to work at with your counsellor or coach. You decide with your counsellor or coach when to end.
What method of payment do you accept?
Payment is due in advance of each session bank transfer.
Other arrangements can be discussed with your therapist, please ask.
If your questions haven't been answered on this page, please contact us directly.