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What’s the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
There are overlaps between the two terms and no universally agreed definition of the differences. Both counselling and psychotherapy aim to help people resolve specific issues and also to develop greater insight and self awareness about the underlying causes of problems.
I’m sceptical about therapy
That makes sense in a world where competent and coping individualism is valued. Sometimes however the ‘stiff upper lip’ and ‘pull yourself together’ attitudes just don’t work and it is perhaps more courageous to acknowledge your need for professional support in finding a different way to respond to life’s challenges. At my initial meeting with potential clients I make it quite plain that I do NOT expect them to come to me unless the time is proving valuable to them but that I would want to help them talk about uncomfortable life challenges they are confronting.
How will therapy help me?
Therapy gives us a chance to reflect on and reassess our lives, to ‘talk out’ our struggles and challenges and in the light of new insights, decide on what changes we may want to make. It is still true that ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’.
What can I expect from therapy?
Therapy offers a safe, confidential environment in which you can explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Therapy aims to develop your understanding of how past experiences may be impacting upon current relationships and experiences enabling you to identify and make changes as you wish.
How do I know if you are the right therapist for me?
The initial meeting gives you the opportunity to meet me, ask any questions you may have, experience how you feel as we work together and decide whether you think I could be a useful resource for you. You may have to meet more than one person before finding the right match.
How do I make an appointment?
You can contact me by phone or by email to arrange an initial appointment letting me know how soon you would ideally like to meet. Either I or my PA will get back to you to organise a mutually convenient time to meet.
How much will it cost?
My standard charges are based on two criteria:
- to reflect my qualifications and experience, acquired over more than 30 years;
- to keep my charges affordable and compatible with similarly qualified therapists.
In these economically difficult times I recognise that for some people their financial circumstances are restricted. I am therefore sometimes prepared to negotiate discounts for a series of sessions.
How long will sessions last?
Individual sessions usually last for 55 minutes. Sessions with families and couples are not less than two hours. Supervision sessions are in accordance with accreditation requirements and negotiated with supervisees individually.
How many sessions will I need?
There is no simple answer to this question as the number of session varies from one individual to another and depends upon the nature of the difficulties you are experiencing. My practice therefore is to negotiate a contract for between six to eight sessions at a time and thus regularly review my contract with clients.
What should I expect to happen at the first meeting?
In the first session it is useful to discuss the reasons that brought you to therapy. You will also have an opportunity to tell me of your hopes and expectations and any concerns regarding beginning therapy. Part of a first session will be spent discussing practical issues such as confidentiality, appointment scheduling, fee payment, cancellation policy, etc. In a first session is also important for you to notice how you feel about working with me. There is no commitment to come to further sessions if you don’t feel I can be a useful resource for you and vice versa.
What actually happens in the course of a session?
The normal format is that of a conversation, in which you are free to speak about whatever you wish in complete confidence. I endeavor to respond in a constructive and non-judgmental way. Sometimes the conversation will flow; sometimes it may move into silence; occasionally I may suggest working in a non-verbal way, with pens and paper for example, or by focusing attention on what you are feeling in your body. I will want you to pay attention to what is going on in your body, mind and spirit as we work together.
How soon can I have an appointment?
If you are able to be flexible about when you can come for an appointment, then usually this can be arranged within a week.
Where will therapy sessions be held?
You can opt to meet me either in Petersfield or London (Waterloo).
What if I miss, need to cancel or I am late for a session?
Missed and cancelled sessions (without 5 working days notice), are payable in full. If you are late for your appointment our session will still end at the contracted time.
Is therapy confidential?
According to the requirements of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy), I may submit client work, either verbal or written for supervision. Any material so submitted will be disguised in order to protect the identity of the client and it will only be discussed with others bound by the same Code of Ethics and Confidentiality as myself.
In some situations, where the safety of the client and/or others may be at risk, I reserve the right to contact the client’s GP, the emergency medical services, or police. I may also need to make disclosures if a court of law requires me to give evidence. These legal matters are standard working conditions and will be discussed at our first meeting.
What are your professional qualifications?
I am a UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) registered psychotherapist, AFT (Association of Family Therapy) approved supervisor and IRT (Imago Relationship Therapy) certified consultant/supervisor.
What experience do you have?
I have over thirty years experience both in private practice as a psychotherapist, facilitator and supervisor working with individuals and groups.
Are you accredited to a professional organisation?
I have been registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) since 2003. My work was successfully audited by UKCP in May 2010.
Do you subscribe to a code of professional ethics?
My therapeutic work is conducted in accordance with the Codes of Ethics and Practice of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
Do you receive ongoing training?
I am required to receive at least four days further training per year and regular clinical supervision in order to maintain my UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) registration.
Can I refer myself?
Yes you can. People are also referred to me by their family doctor/GP, their Employee Assistance Programme or by a friend.
How does therapy end?
Therapy ends when a client feels they either have resolved the issues that brought them to therapy or that I am not being a useful resource to them. It is preferable for therapy to have an ending planned by clients and therapists together.
Appointments are available in London SE1 (Waterloo) or Hampshire (Petersfield) or by phone or Skype. For enquiries or to book an appointment, please use the button below. Thank you.
Working with Ros is rich, challenging and rewarding. She is a master at facilitating the co-creative process.