Psychotherapists have undergone extensive training and are qualified at a higher level than counsellors. However, there is a great deal of overlap between these 'talking therapies' and the skills used are very similar. Both can help you to deal with problems in a fresh way.
Counselling tends to focus on a specific life problem, while psychotherapy deals with more deep-seated personal issues which may bring about profound changes. While a psychotherapist is qualified to provide counselling, a counsellor may or may not possess the necessary training and skills to provide psychotherapy.
I am fully qualified as a counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor. For details of my qualifications and experience, please go to the 'about me' section of this site.
We will probably talk on the telephone to make arrangements for our first meeting, when I will explain more about how I work and answer any questions you may have. Many people feel anxious about coming to meet with a therapist for the first time so I will do all I can to put you at ease and help you to feel comfortable talking to me.
Appointments last for 50 minutes and are usually weekly, at a regular day and time. It's difficult to know in advance how long counselling or psychotherapy will take. Usually a minimum of six sessions are required although many clients prefer to work for considerably longer. The cost of individual sessions is £50 and couples £60.
There are times when I cannot answer my phone. Please do leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as I'm free.
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