Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
What kind of a therapist are you?
I integrate several strands of psychological training, knowledge and experience into my practice. If you would like more information on my background and qualifications, please see my background.
Through my years of working, I have come to see that no matter what a counsellor’s theoretical background, we all have more in common in our ways of working than we have differences. What’s most important is the strength of the relationship between counsellor and client, and research has shown that this is a more important factor in the likely success of the counselling than any other factor.
In the world of therapy, there are many debates as to the differences between counselling and psychotherapy. Because my own training encompasses both disciplines, I use them both in my work, depending on the circumstances. Psychotherapy tends to be over a year or more and tackles more long standing issues. Counselling is often (though not always) shorter and tends to focus on more immediate crises, events or needs.
Well not necessarily. Sometimes it’s hard to find words to convey how you feel and not everything can be expressed in words. Some people are more ‘word’ people than others. If I think it could be helpful to you, I might suggest other ways to explore an issue in your life. For example, breathing and relaxation exercises, drawing or writing, talking to an imaginary person or part of yourself, or using objects to represent aspects of your life.
I might also suggest 'homework' - exercises for you to do in between sessions or things to think about or write about.
It's hard to tell at the beginning how long will be necessary. Everybody is different and your own life circumstances and needs will inform this decision, which we will take in consultation with one another. I usually suggest we have a review after six sessions - at this point you will have a better idea of what to expect and what you want. There are many ways that therapy can work and I am open to discussion about what is best for you and your circumstances and your thoughts on the matter.