As an experienced Counsellor and Psychotherapist I have a wide range of experience in helping to treat many different aspects of mental health conditions and difficult life events such as bereavement and divorce.
The first step is to either call me or my secretary to talk through your situation and if I feel it is something that counselling and / or psychotherapy can help we will look at booking a convenient time for you for an initial consultation to look at your situation in more detail.
The first appointment
During the first appointment I would be asking what brings you to counselling and will ask some questions to help me gain more understanding about your situation. These could include some questions about your family history, whether you have seen anyone for some help in the past and if so whether you felt it helped or not. The first appointment is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions about counselling and psychotherapy or about how you are feeling in general.
During the appointment I will also ensure that I feel I am suitable to help with your situation. I work alongside a number of different professionals including Consultant Psychiatrists and Psychologists and can make a referral to one of them if i feel they would be more suitable to help you.
At the end of the session we will attempt to look at a way moving forward to help with your situation which will often include weekly sessions for six weeks or for some people longer, depending on the nature and severity of the presenting issues.
Length of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Each session lasts for 50 minutes, the amount of sessions required again depends on the nature and severity of the issues that the individual presents with. On average most people find between six and ten sessions beneficial. Some find just a single initial session useful as this can often put a lot of confusing feelings into perspective and provide come clarity. For others longer term counselling is beneficial where there is no fixed limit on the amount of sessions. The length of counselling is usually talked through during the initial consultation although it is not a fixed rule and can be changed during the course of counselling.
Cost of counselling and psychotherapy
The cost per session is between £75.00 and £120.00. The first appointment must be paid on the day in either cash or cheque, subsequent sessions can either be paid on the day or an invoice can be sent at the end of the month. If a report or letter is required then this will be charged and the cost will be dependent on the nature and context of the letter.
Difference between a Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Psychologist and Psychiatrist
I am a Counsellor and Psychotherapist and work alongside a number of other clinicians including Consultant Psychiatrists and Psychologists. It is often confusing to know the difference between the different professions, please see a very brief description below:
Psychiatrists are medically trained Doctors who specialises in mental health and psychiatry. As they are a medical doctor they can prescribe medication such as anti depressants. Some psychiatrists may also choose to specialise in specific fields such as eating disorders, addictions, sleep disorders and child & adolescent mental health.
Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Counsellors deliver 'talking therapies' which can be delivered with or without medication prescribed by either the patient's GP or Psychiatrist.
Counsellors usually work on a short term basis with patients focusing on one specific issue or aspect of their life. Counselling provides a safe environment to explore specific aspects without fear of feeling judged.
Psychotherapists work both short and long term and in addition to focusing on the presenting problem work to address the underlying reasons for the issues the patient is struggling with. This helps with relapse prevention aiming to empower the individual to be able to cope better in the future.
Psychologists are trained in a number of different techniques and often focus on changing the way a patient thinks which in turn helps to change the way they feel.
It is often difficult to know which specialist is suitable for you, feel free to call to discuss whether I feel I am able to help, if I feel there may be a more suitable professional in the local area I will be more than happy to sign post to that person or organisation.
If you require immediate attention please contact your GP, attend your local accident & emergency department at hospital or call 999. Please be aware that I do not offer a 24 hour service.