Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost?
- Individual sessions cost £45
Couples sessions cost £60
How long do sessions last?
- 50 minutes for individuals or 1 hour for couples (although
we may take slightly longer for the first session only)
How often do I need to come?
- Weekly is ideal for most people, especially at first,
although some people do come fortnightly
How long will it take?
- That very much depends on what you want to achieve. Some people come for a handful of sessions and some come for much longer. Generally speaking research has shown that 50% of clients will achieve 'recovery' with somewhere between 10 and 20 sessions.
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
- Session by session there may not be much difference at all between the two. In general counselling is shorter term and more focused, concentrating maybe on just one or two specific issues. Psychotherapy is generally longer term and focuses on deeper personal development areas. Many counsellors and psychotherapists incorporate both ways of working into sessions as necessary, so you do not have to specify one or the other when you book. In terms of training psychotherapists have much more in depth training and experience in mental health issues.
What do the letters MBACP mean?
- The BACP is the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. MBACP means a counsellor / psychotherapist is a Member of the BACP. This means that the therapist is trained to a recognised level and adheres to set standards in terms of ethics, good practice and ongoing training and development (to view bacp code of ethics CLICK HERE). It also means that there is an independent complaints process that clients can call on if necessary.
A similar organisation is UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) which has the same safeguards and checks. If a therapist is not registered with either of these organisations then I would advise you to thoroughly check their qualifications, insurance, ethical code and standards for good practice.
The left hand circle of this logo means that the therapist belongs to a register approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. In 2013 the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists became the first register to be accredited under this scheme which was set up by the Department of Health.
The right hand circle of this logo means that the therapist is accredited
What does accredited mean?
- A counsellor who is accredited by the BACP has achieved a substantial level of training and post qualification experience that has been approved by the BACP.
What about UKRCP?
- UKRCP is the United Kingdom Register of Independent Counsellors and Psychotherapists. You have to be accredited to be on this register
I've heard of CBT. What is that?
- CBT stands for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and is a branch of counselling that focuses on how our thoughts influence our mood and behaviour. It can be very effective for anxiety and depression. I have some training in CBT and incorporate this into my practice if appropriate, however I am not a CBT specialist.
Where else can I look for help?
- If you need to talk to someone anytime of the day or night the Samaritans are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week (08457 90 90 90)
- If you need low cost counselling the Listening Post (www.listeningpost.org.uk) and cotswold counselling service (www.cotswold-counselling.org.uk) both offer this. Check waiting times as they do vary a lot.
- To find other counsellors / psychotherapists in your area try www.counselling-directory.org.uk (all therapists listed here are subject to minimum checks), BACP 'find a therapist' (www.bacp.co.uk) or UKCP 'find a therapist' (www.psychotherapy.org.uk)