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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to send an enquiry.

What is the difference between counselling/psychotherapy and talking to a friend?

Talking to friends and family can be a great source of support. However, the difference with counselling is that the counsellor is non-judgmental, objective and will remain in your frame of reference. Friends tend to offer advice, whereas counsellors will work with you to be able to better understand your situation and emotions, to be able to reach your own outcomes in a supportive environment.

What happens in a session?

Sessions are taken at your pace, to ensure you feel comfortable. Sessions are structured to give you the space and time to share what is important to you. Usually, when beginning sessions we will set goals and I will begin to understand your hopes for sessions. Going forwards, each session is yours, to bring and share what you feel ready to do. I hope to create a space which provides empathy, and therefore you with more clarity and understanding. 

Are the sessions completely confidential?

The information shared within a session, is kept confidential between the counsellor and client. This means that information shared will not be shared outside of the session. However, there may be times where the therapist feels it is necessary to share information with other professionals, particularly when they feel there is a risk of harm with the client, either to themselves or others. This is further detailed in the contract at initial assessment. The therapist always aims to work with the client to ensure they are involved in any process of breaking confidentiality. Therapists also have supervisors to discuss caseload, ensuring ethical practice. This is industry standard.

What is 'Integrative' Psychotherapy?

I work from an Integrative approach. This means I use ideas, theories and understandings from different psychotherapeutic and psychological approaches. I draw ideas from Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and the Person Centered Approach. 

Attachment Theory focusses on your relationships and bonds to those around you, and how your earlier attachments and relationships form those ideas and behaviours now. 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy focusses on how your thoughts, feelings and behaviours connect and interact. Sometimes this can mean identifying 'unhelpful' ways of thinking, and adapting these to make positive change. 

Using a Person Centered Approach allows for you to lead each session, remembering that you are an individual before any theory, whilst being in a supportive environment.

I believe that utilising a combination of these approaches can work well for clients to be able to reach a better understanding of themselves, their thoughts, feelings and experiences. 

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