INFORMATION ABOUT COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY
What is Counselling and how can it help you?
“It may be learning something new or relearning something one has
forgotten; it may be learning how to learn or may be unlearning;
paradoxically, it may even be learning what one already knows”
Counselling can provide a safe place in which to talk things over in
confidence and without judgment. It is an opportunity to work through a present
crisis or past trauma and learn more about yourself as an individual.
Are you in a difficult relationship, feel depressed and lonely, are you ill/disabled
or caring for someone who is, recently divorced or bereaved, have suffered
an assault, affected by an addiction or eating disorders, feel trapped or
helpless, or just want to make a fresh start? Counselling may help
you to understand your situation more clearly and allow feelings
greater acceptance. Counselling offers you a time to talk about what
is important to you.
The difference between Counselling & Psychotherapy
It is well accepted that the terms Counselling and Psychotherapy are
used synonymously and it is often difficult to separate the two ways of
working. A very simplistic explanation maybe that ‘Counselling’ focuses
on present issues, tends to be more short term and involves
conscious awareness. Whereas ‘Psychotherapy’ focuses on the past,
tends to be longer term and involves more unconscious processing.
What is discussed will be treated with respect, discretion and is
essentially confidential, however there are certain situations
where strict confidentiality will not be possible. These include;
where I consider you to a danger to yourself or others, or you
disclose a serious criminal offence.
Short notes are made after each session to record attendance and the
progress of therapy. These notes may also be used anonymously to
aid in the clinical supervision of my work, in order for me to improve
my service. Your attendance at the sessions implies acceptance
of this situation. Please discuss any uncertainties with me.
I have a purpose built consulting room in Worcester from where I
offer counselling appointments during office hours and on some
I conform to the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) codes of
Ethics and practice.
My work is regularly supervised by a very experienced and well respected
Chartered Clinical Psychologist.
Payment is required after each session and I am happy to receive cash or
Please note that I will have to charge the full cost of the session for
any missed appointments with less than 24 hours prior notice.
Each session lasts 50 minutes.