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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Counselling and Psychotherapy?

Counselling deals with issues in the present and addresses immediate concerns in our life which can be overwhelming and cause us pain and stress. Short term counselling can help us to achieve clarity, manage change and work through difficult situations.

Psychotherapy enables us to explore issues, often rooted in our past but which are affecting us now,  at a deeper level and reach a greater awareness, understanding and insight.   With this awareness and insight comes the potential for acceptance, change and healing which allows us reach our potential and live fuller and richer lives. 

Both counselling and psychotherapy are often used interchangeably as appropriate to meet the needs of each person.


How long does counselling/psychotherapy take ?

The number of sessions depend on the issues you are experiencing and what arises during the course of the therapy. We can discuss this during our first session and you can decide if  you wish to agree on a number of sessions or leave it open ended. Quite often there is an agreement to work together for 6 sessions and then review it.


How long are sessions and when would we meet?

Each session lasts for 50 minutes and usually takes place at the same time each week. It is understood that work, family and other commitments require flexibility in this area. 


Is Therapy Totally Confidential ?

Counselling and psychotherapy is a confidential service in almost all situations. However, it is important to point out that in certain circumstances ethical and legal obligations must be considered, such as the Child Protection Act which protects the rights and welfare of children and minors. I will fully explain confidentiality to you in the first session.




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