Practicalities & FAQs
Where are you based?
I work from my home near Liskeard.
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
Counselling tends to focus on a specific current problem and is short term, while psychotherapy tends to deal with more deep seated and enduring personal issues. Psychotherapy, therefore, tends to go deeper and is for a longer duration than counselling.
What is psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy?
Psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy seeks to understand our unconscious processes and focuses on the nature of our relationships with others. It considers relationships we have had in the past, with those in the present, including those observable in the here-and-now with the therapist.
What can I expect in a counselling or psychotherapy session?
A session lasts 50 minutes. Sessions may be once or twice per week. There is no set agenda, and no requirement for work to be done between sessions.
What are the benefits?
There can be a number of benefits. Often it is helpful just to know that someone is prepared to listen. Counselling and Psychotherapy can provide fresh perspectives on things, challenge negative and self-destructive patterns of behaviour. It can help you understand yourself better and hopefully help you become more the person you want to be.
How much does it cost and what payment methods are there?
The fee is £45 per session. Payment for the initial consultation is payable at the time. For ongoing psychotherapy invoices are issued monthly in arrears. Payment can be made by cash or cheque.
Do I have to pay for missed and cancelled sessions?
During the course of the therapy, time allocated to you is your time. As such, charges are made for all sessions. You do not of course pay when sessions cannot be provided. It might be possible for you to be offered an alternative time for sessions notified in advance that you know you will be unable to attend, but this depends on current availability and cannot be guaranteed.
How long does it take?
There is no set time for psychotherapeutic treatment. How long you remain in it will largely depend on what you want to achieve from it. Some are in therapy for weeks or months, for others it's years.