What is Counselling / Psychotherapy
The BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) defines counselling and psychotherapy as follows: ‘Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing.’ (more information can be found here)
To elaborate, counselling and psychotherapy are talking therapies that allow clients to explore themselves and any personal issues they may have in a safe and confidential space with a trained professional. The boundaries of the relationship differ from those an individual will have with friends and family. Client and therapist work collaboratively through issues with a view to improving the client’s quality of life and peace of mind.
How do I work?
As a member of the BACP, I am bound by the ethical framework which outlines the responsibilities and values a therapist holds.
I work integratively, meaning that I utilize parts of different therapeutic methods that I feel best fit the needs of each client. On the whole, I will use mainly Psychodynamic theory, with elements of Person Centred, Gestalt and CBT.
The therapy is client-driven, placing value on individual autonomy and reflection in addition to interpretation and analysis. I believe that change comes from self-knowledge, in particular how unconscious processes and past events impact present day feelings and behaviours.
How long does it take?
The length of time therapy takes depends on the individual, and this can be discussed in initial sessions. It is often advisable to contract for a set number of sessions and evaluate on an ongoing basis.
Sessions are generally fifty minutes long and start on the hour.
How much will it cost?
Most therapists will charge between £50-£80 per session, however costs can be negotiated for those on a lower income or not in work.
Please get in touch should you have any questions.