Frequently asked questions
How much does counselling cost?
Private counselling. If you decide to pay to see a private therapist, make sure they're qualified and you feel comfortable with them. The cost of private counselling can vary depending on where you live, with a session costing anywhere between £10 and £70.
How long does marriage Counselling take?
These situations can take longer to resolve. However, the average course of successful marriage counseling with us takes about 12-16 sessions.
Can I get free Counselling?
You can get free psychological therapies, including counselling for depression, on the NHS. Or you can get a referral from your GP if you prefer.You may be expected to wait on a waiting list.
What is counselling/psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a broad term used to describe talking therapies, including counselling. Both counsellors and psychotherapists provide a service for those looking for support and treatment for a wide range of mental health and emotional issues. The possibility that there is a difference between counselling and psychotherapy is a heavily debated question in the field of mental health treatment, and one that has yet to be answered. Some claim that counselling tends to tackle problems at the time of the crises, whereas psychotherapy focuses on longer-term psychological problems. However, this is not a universally agreed contention and you are advised to contact professionals personally to find out more about how they work.
Whether you choose a counsellor or psychotherapist, the most important thing is that you choose the right individual for you. How you connect with the counsellor or psychotherapist you choose is likely to determine how successful the treatment is. It is also helpful to have a little knowledge on the different therapies on offer. There are many different therapies that can be used by counsellors and psychotherapists, some involve looking at past relationships and experiences to make sense of them, and others involve looking at the 'here and now'.
What is the difference between a psychiatrist, psychologist, psychotherapist and counsellor?
Psychiatry is the study of mental disorders, covering diagnosis, management and prevention. A psychiatrist must undergo full medical training as a doctor before choosing to specialise in psychiatry. Once a psychiatrist has become fully trained, they can go on to specialise further in general psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, old age psychiatry, psychiatry of learning disabilities, psychotherapy or child and adolescent psychiatry.
Unlike many other mental health professionals, psychiatrists can assist in medical treatment and testing as they have the appropriate training.
Psychology is the study of the human mind and the way we think, act and behave. As well as looking at the way our minds work in day-to-day life, psychologists are also interested in mental health conditions. The title of psychologist can be given to someone who has completed a degree in psychology, however, there are other titles in psychology that are protected by law (such as clinical psychologist).
Most psychologists fall into one of two camps - they are either research-oriented (meaning they spend time studying the way the mind works to better our understanding) or applied (meaning they apply their skills to patients).
Psychotherapy is a term used to describe a range of talking therapies and covering the approaches and methods used within each type. It is this broad usage which has led some professionals to use the titles of psychotherapist and counsellor interchangeably. When we talk about a psychotherapist, we are talking about a professional who works with clients to help them overcome a range of emotional, social and mental health issues through talk therapies.
As it stands the title psychotherapist is not regulated by law. There are, however, variations of the title which are regulated/protected by industry bodies (such as registered psychotherapist) and which generally indicate a high level of training. Find out more on our qualifications page.
A counsellor will use psychotherapy to help clients develop understanding and insight into their behaviours/feelings, with the aim of overcoming difficulties. In some cases the simple act of talking through difficulties with a counsellor can help the client, in other cases, a more tailored therapy approach is required. This will depend on the nature of the concern and will be assessed by the counsellor. Similarly to psychotherapist, the term counsellor is not currently regulated by law - so you are advised to check a counsellor's experience and training to ensure they are suitably qualified.
How do I know if I need counselling/psychotherapy?
Only you can decide whether you wish to try counselling or psychotherapy. Just talking to someone confidentially who is not a friend or family member can make all the difference. Counselling or psychotherapy provides a regular time for those in distress to explore their feelings and talk about their problems. A counsellor can help you develop better ways of coping, allowing you to live the life you deserve.
What is a professional body?
There are various professional bodies (also known as member organisations) in existence that have taken on the role of self-regulation of counselling/psychotherapy. Whilst counsellors and psychotherapists are under no legal obligation to become a member of a professional body, membership will mean they have met certain requirements set by their professional body and must abide by a code of ethics and complaints procedure.
How long does each counselling session last?
Each session will usually last 50 minutes or one hour depending on your chosen counsellor or psychotherapist. However, this is often flexible and should be discussed with your therapist before attending the first session.
How regularly will I see my counsellor or psychotherapist?
Many counsellors and psychotherapists offer weekly sessions, however, this can vary depending on the type of therapy and your personal requirements.
Can I have counselling online or by telephone?
Lots of counsellors and psychotherapists offer online and telephone counselling if you'd rather not see them face to face. To search for a counsellor or psychotherapist offering this service, use our online and telephone search.
Can hypnosis be harmful?
Hypnosis in itself is not dangerous but can be harmful if conducted by an unskilled practitioner. ... Hypnosis is a beneficial therapy, and in any case the unconscious mind can protect people under hypnosis by rejecting hypnotic suggestions which if perceives as harmful.
Is hypnotherapy good for anxiety?
Clinical Hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis for the treatment and alleviation of a variety of physical and psychological symptoms. Hypnosisallows the subject to experience often quite deep levels of relaxation and so helps to reduce levels of stress and anxiety.
What does it feel like to be hypnotized?
There is this sense of distance from where you are, the passage of time gets distorted and often you feel a pleasant, almost euphoric state of peace. The depth of a hypnotic trance varies, it can be very light or extremely deep. ... Hypnosis does feel very nice and relaxing, almost like taking a nap.
Do you work with influencers?
Yes I have worked with many influencers, especially around areas such as negative news articles , online abuse , motherhood and relationship issues.
When working with all my clients I have a strict confidential agreement which has been secured and heightened on my part in the past to add any media requests for information from both myself and the client.
Confidentiality is something I feel strongly about because no one should ever feel like they can't open up and speak honestly with their counsellor.