How do I choose a therapist and other Questions

People are often anxious about starting counselling or psychotherapy as they don’t know what it will involve, what it might bring up or how long it might go on for. Here are some answers to some of the most common questions or concerns we have come across. Please feel free to contact any of the individual practitioners with further questions. We are always keen to demystify the process of therapy if we can.

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How do I go about choosing a therapist?

Research shows again and again that the effectiveness of the therapy or counselling is affected by the relationship you have with your therapist or counsellor. It is therefore important that you find someone who you feel comfortable with and who you can build a trusting relationship with. Please feel free to chat on the telephone to a few therapists or to meet several before deciding who you would like to work with. The initial session is an opportunity for both you and the therapist to decide if you would like to work together.

If you are uncertain which therapist will best match your needs then please contact Emma Light, by phone or email, to talk through which therapist might best suit you and the subject that you would like to explore.

Emma can be contacted on:
Telephone: 07967 496 172

How long does a session last?

Some therapists work in 50 minute sessions and others in 1 hour sessions. Couples sessions are usually an hour in length.

How long will it take?

This depends very much on you and how you work, what you put into the work in between sessions and what you are working on. Your therapist and you will review your work regularly so that you can get a sense of how it is going and how long you might continue working.

Most therapists will work short term for dealing with immediate issues or events in a defined period or longer term with an open ended contract with regular reviews for working more deeply. This can be discussed with your therapist in your first session.

How much will it cost?

After the initial session, and assuming you decide to work together, most therapists ask for a minimum weekly commitment at the beginning to ensure the relationship has a good chance to develop and so that the work can get underway. Our therapists charge between £45 – £80 per session. Some therapists are willing to work on a fortnightly basis and some have low cost sessions available.

What if I am on anti-depressants?

Psychotherapists do not prescribe anti-depressants. These will be prescribed by your GP or psychiatrist. Counsellors and therapists often work with people who are taking anti-depressants or support them as they come off anti-depressants.

What is the difference between psychotherapy and counselling?

These terms are often used interchangeably. However, counselling is often used to refer to shorter term more focussed work, dealing with a particular issue whereas psychotherapy or therapy is often used to describe longer term work, which may be more in depth.

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