What is counselling and Psychotherapy Both counselling and psychotherapy is based on a healing relationship between the therapist and individual. At a very basic level both counselling and psychotherapy is a series of conversations between you and a trained professional. These conversations usually focus on a specific problem and taking the steps to address or solve it. However, sometimes the conversations can lead into solving other problems.
Counselling and psychotherapy is not prescriptive. It is rare for advice to be given out in a session, but through the 'conversations' clients can often feel empowered and gain an deeper understanding of themselves and what they need in life.
How does it work? During the initial session we will discuss what brought you to counselling and what you hope to gain from the sessions. This initial session will allow a client to decide whether counselling is right for them at this time. Sessions are weekly. What an individual brings each week, is their decision. I will listen to whatever is brought to the session without judgement, to offer emotional support and depending on what is brought to a session, to help an individual gain insight and a deeper understanding of themselves.
How long does a session last Each session lasts 50 minutes, at the same time every week (unless previously agreed otherwise).
Sessions are confidential Yes, except under special circumstances
Qualifications and Skills
Postgraduate Diploma in Exec coaching and Life Coaching from Oxford Brookes University
Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative counselling, from CPPD counselling school (BACP accreditation)
Certificate in CBT
Certificate in time limited psychodynamic counselling