The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change – Carl Rogers

What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

Essentially, they are the same ‘talking therapies’. However, counselling tends to be shorter term, dealing with current problems such as stress, anxiety, loss, lack of focus and often includes practical coping strategies in addition to talking through the problem. Whereas, psychotherapy tends to be, but not necessarily, longer term, addressing deep-rooted issues such as self-worth, and may involve exploring early experiences. It may be the case when working through a current problem that deeper-rooted issues are uncovered. It is your choice whether you wish to work with and process those issues.

What happens in a therapy session?

During sessions, I will offer you time just for you, in a safe and confidential space, where you have the opportunity to think and talk about yourself and your concerns in a way that you often can’t do with family, friends or colleagues.
 
I will accept you, not judge you. I will listen empathically to what matters to you and what you wish to change. I will offer the right amount of challenge to help you gain insight. You will find that by my acting as a mirror to reflect yourself back, you are able to gain greater clarity in your thoughts and feelings. Together we will work towards improving your well-being, in a manner and pace to suit you, and empower you to make the changes you want in your life and in your relationships with others.
 
Many people find it difficult to express themselves. I believe in working creatively to find the best way to help you do so. As I work pluralistically, we may incorporate other forms of expression or aspects of a number of therapeutic approaches during some sessions, sometimes including practical tools for you to work on between sessions. This will only be if appropriate, and I will always seek your consent and collaboration in discovering what works best for you.
 
It is your journey but I will work alongside you to support you and help you get to where you want to be.

How many sessions will I have to have?

Each session lasts for one hour on a weekly basis, although some chose to have fortnightly sessions. However, it is not possible to pre-determine how many sessions you will need. There are no constraints on the number of sessions you have. Some need only a few sessions and others continue with sessions for many months. We will review our work together regularly and it depends on when you feel you have achieved what you want from therapy that we agree and plan an appropriate ending.

How much does it cost?

Your investment is £70 per 60 minute session.
Alternatively, should you wish to book a block of 6 sessions, a reduced rate of £360 is available.

Ideally, sessions are held weekly. However, if time or finances don’t allow, fortnightly sessions can be arranged.

Payment can be made in cash at the session or via BACS prior to the session.

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