Frequently Asked Questions about Counselling and Psychotherapy

What's the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?
Some people treat these as equivalent, but they are often used in different ways. There's no consensus on this and how someone uses these terms can give you an insight into how they understand the process. How a therapist chooses to describe themselves can tell you a lot! I sometimes describe my work as Psychotherapeutic Counselling to emphasize my integrative approach.

When is Counselling and Psychotherapy useful?
There are many and varied reasons for coming to therapy. They include relationship difficulties, addiction, anxiety, depression, employment issues and seeking greater self-awareness.

How long is a session? How many sessions will I need?
Sessions are usually once weekly for 50 minutes. One session can be helpful and on rare occasions will suffice. More complicated issues will take much longer. Short term therapy keeps to around 6 sessions and very useful work can be done in that time frame.

What does it cost?
Therapy is charged per session and costs vary hugely from one therapist to another. I offer a sliding scale and offer low cost therapy to those who would otherwise be unable to afford it. Please contact me to see if I can help.

How do I find the right therapist?
Sheldon Bach, a very experienced New York psychotherapist, recalls the advice he heard long ago: "Take the analyst to a stable and see how the horses react to him". Hardly practical advice, even in Exeter, but it carries a nugget of value: judge your therapist with your instincts. The relationship you develop with them is the key factor in how well the work will progress, so it's vital that you feel right about them.

The Counsellors Guide offers some useful guidance about Counselling and Psychotherapy

What is outdoor therapy?
There is a increasing awareness of the healing power of nature and I offer 'walk and talk' sessions in local parks as a way of bringing that dimension into our work. We would meet at the park entrance at a prearranged time. The park space then becomes our therapy space; you can walk or sit, explore different spaces in the park or stay in one spot. By the end of our 50 minute session we will have returned to our starting point.

If you'd like to know more, please contact me.

Do you offer online sessions via Skype?
I offer sessions using VSee, which is similar to Skype. Skype is not always confidential and Microsoft (who own Skype) agree that it is not suitable for counselling or psychotherapy. VSee is much better than Skype as it is confidential and gives better picture quality. Once we've arranged a meeting time, just open VSee and I'll see you there!

Have you worked with LGBTQ+ clients?
Yes. I have always had an LGBTQ+ affirmative stance and work with people with diverse sexual and gender identities.

If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.