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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is counselling/psychotherapy?
    Psychotherapy is a broad term used to describe talking therapies, including counselling. Both counsellors and psychotherapists provide a service for those looking for support and treatment for a wide range of mental health and emotional concerns. Counselling tends to tackle problems at the time of the crisis, whereas psychotherapy focuses on longer-term psychological difficulties. Many different therapies can be used by counsellors and psychotherapists, some involve looking at past relationships and experiences to make sense of them, and others involve looking at the here and now. In my practice, I use a range of different modalities allowing me to tailor my approach you you as an individual.
  • How do I know if I need counselling?
    Only you can decide whether you want to try counselling or psychotherapy, but if you are struggling to cope and are finding day-to-day life difficult, you may benefit from professional help. Just talking to someone confidentially who is not a friend or family member can make all the difference. Counselling provides a regular time for you to explore your feelings and talk about any problems you're experiencing. A counsellor can help you develop better ways of coping, allowing you to move forward and get the most out of life.
  • How regularly will I see my counsellor?
    I offer weekly sessions, however, this can vary depending on the type of therapy and your personal requirements.
  • What is a professional body?
    I am a member of the British Association of Counselling Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their strict ethical framework. There are various professional bodies (also known as member organisations) in existence that have taken on the role of self-regulation of counselling/psychotherapy. Whilst counsellors and psychotherapists are under no legal obligation to become a member of a professional body, membership will mean they have met certain requirements set by their professional body and must abide by a code of ethics and complaints procedure.
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