What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
The term counselling is often seen as being more user friendly and less intimidating than the term psychotherapy. Both aim to help someone to lead a more satisfying and fulfilling life (or find out what blocks this). Both look to support people who are struggling to cope with a wide range of emotional issues. The difference between the two is heavily debated. Some people claim that counselling tends to tackle problems at the time of the difficulty, whereas psychotherapy focuses on long-term, deeply embedded psychological problems.
One thing is clear though – that there is a difference in the training generally required today for counsellors and therapists. Most counselling courses last two to three years, whilst the average psychotherapy course takes about four years, also requiring the trainee to be in weekly therapy for the duration of their training.
How do I know if I need counselling or psychotherapy?
Only you can decide whether you wish to try counselling or psychotherapy. Just talking to someone confidentially who is not a friend or family member can make all the difference. Therapy provides a regular time to explore feelings and talk about problems. They can help you understand and accept yourself, find better ways of coping and allow you to live in a more vital way.
Are counsellors and psychotherapists regulated?
Counsellors and psychotherapists are not currently regulated in the UK. Anyone can decide to call themselves by these titles and set themselves up in business.
It is important to check that a therapist is a member of a professional body. Membership will mean they have a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation, a code of ethics and a clear complaints procedure.
What training, qualifications and experience should counsellors and psychotherapists have?
There are currently no laws in the UK regarding counselling and psychotherapy. However, members of BACP have completed at least an appropriate diploma or a minimum of 450 hours therapy training. Psychotherapists who are members of UKCP are required to have completed at least 900 hours.
How long does each counselling sessions last?
Each session usually lasts 1 hour
How regularly will I see my counsellor or psychotherapist?
Usually people meet with me once a week, but some people find that other frequencies suit them better.
How do I pay for counselling sessions?
I offer an initial sessions at the reduced price of £20 as a chance for us to decide if you can work together. If we decide to continue, I operate a sliding scale of £45 – £55 per hour. Payment is by cheque or cash, paid at each session.
Do you offer supervision?
I completed my training in Supervision for Counsellors and Psychotherapists at Edinburgh Gestalt Institute in 2012. I offer supervision to trainee and experienced counsellors and therapists at a price of £45 per hour or £65 for an hour and a half.