About Therapy

Counselling is a process that empowers you as an individual and enables you to work (with support) on issues that might be causing you to be experiencing low self esteem or loss of confidence in your abilities.
Counselling offers you a safe, confidential space to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful or perhaps uncomfortable. It also enables you to be listened to in a way that is non judgemental and with empathy. One of the aims of counselling is to help you develop inner resources so that you are able to live with more choice, the aim of which is to develop more satisfying relationships with both yourself and with others.
Psychotherapy is different to counselling and this is usually distinguished by the difference in the length and depth of work; there is a general understanding that a psychotherapist can work with a wider range of clients although there is no commonly agreed definition. The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) suggests however that:- 
"The difference lies in the length and depth of training involved and in the quality of the relationship between the client and their therapist. UKCP-registered psychotherapists are trained to Masters Level."
What is involved?      If you decide you would like to book an appointment with me, then we will meet initially for a 50 minute assessment session. This is for you to meet me, to get an experience of what a counselling session is like and to ask any questions that you may need to. This initial session is also for me to learn a bit more about you and what you would like to achieve from the counselling process. If you then decide you would like to take this further then we will arrange to meet for weekly appointments either for a set amount of sessions (for example 6 or 12 sessions if you decide on short term work) or we can leave it open ended, so that you can make the decision to complete the sessions at your own pace.