What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

Often you may hear the terms counselling and psychotherapy used interchangeably; and indeed, there is a great deal of overlap. Generally speaking, counselling refers to short-term therapy, and it often focuses on a specific issue, aiming at a change of behaviour or resolution of a problem. Psychotherapy tends to be long-term work and it can be useful in those cases where the problems have built up over a long period of time.

Will it be confidential?

Yes. What you bring to therapy and the content of your sessions will be kept confidential. There are, however, a few exceptions that may warrant me having to breach confidentiality and they will be discussed during our first session together.

During your first session we will go through your Counselling Agreement where the Terms and Conditions of our work together will be explained. Confidentiality is a major part of this, and you will have an opportunity to ask any questions about this at that time.

What is the best type of counselling?

There are hundreds of different approaches to counselling and psychotherapy, and I offer Integrative counselling. Research shows that, regardless what the approach is, the most important element to successful outcomes in therapy is a trusting therapeutic relationship. Therefore, the best type of counselling, in my opinion, would be the one where you trust and feel at ease with your therapist.

How is your practice regulated?

As a member of the BACP, I adhere to their professional and ethical framework of conduct. The BACP promotes and develops safe, ethical and competent practice in counselling and psychotherapy.

If during your therapy there are any questions about my practice that I cannot answer, or if you have a complaint, you can contact BACP directly.

Do you record my sessions?

I do not normally record therapy sessions. However, some clients like to record their own sessions to help them with the therapy process. If you wish to do so, please ask me in advance in order to discuss terms and conditions.

How do you protect my privacy?

Please read my privacy policy.