Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
As I mentioned on a previous page, sometimes people use the terms interchangeably but many people who work in the profession say that psychotherapy originated with the discoveries and theories of Freud whereas counselling is a more general term for all types of talking therapies.
How long will it take?
This is a difficult question but you can have therapy for as long or short as you like and I would encourage clients to talk about their thoughts about how long they think would be useful to them during the course of the therapy. Long standing patterns of behaviour or difficulties in relating often take some time to work out whereas if there is a more local crisis, a shorter period may be productive.
How much will it cost?
I charge between £50 and £60 for each session and I charge that amount for every session whether you attend or not to try to encourage attendance rather than punish non-attendance. I do not charge of course if I have a break which I do at Xmas, Easter and during the summer.
What's it like?
This is the most difficult question of all because it is a bit like telling someone what it's like to be angry or in love. But let me give you an example. If you asked a scientist what is truth? they might say when something can be proved, if you asked a lawyer they might say when someone recounts fact as they actually took place, a mathematician might say 2+2= 4 but I would say as a psychotherapist that it is a moment of understanding between two people.