Counselling or Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is often long-term and can last a number of years, while counselling often lasts between 6 sessions and a year.
How long does each session take?
Sessions last for 50 minutes and are usually once per week or fortnightly.
Is it all about the past?
The past is important and so is the present for understanding how old narratives are replayed in current relationships and situations. Often, the discussion will involve both past and current experiences.
As a member of the BACP, I respect and protect the confidentiality and privacy of all my clients. However, there are some ethical and legal limitations to this. For example, when protecting a client or others from serious harm. The need to share information with a third party will always be discussed with the client first.
This is very much the client's decision. Some people choose to have a few sessions, whereas others find it useful to have open-ended therapy. Clients can choose to stop whenever they feel it's best for them, there are no obligations.
Which type of therapy do I need?
There are many types of therapy out there, ranging from the Freudian to modern integrative models. However, the research shows that the key to effectiveness is the quality of the therapeutic relationship. That's why it may be good to book a session with a number of therapists so that you can choose whom you think you have a better connection with.
There is a lot of evidence that therapy can be useful in dealing with many psychological issues. In my view, therapy cannot fix you but it can help you process difficult thoughts and feelings, uncover and examine beliefs, develop new perspectives and new ways of coping.