Our rates are competitive and offer some flexibility depending on income. Counselling and psychotherapy session times are available Monday to Friday including evenings. Some of our associates offer weekend sessions. Please consult their individual profiles for more information.
Your initial session provides an opportunity for both you and your therapist to get to know each other, and if appropriate agree on a contract for working together. For example, this could be to focus specifically on anger management counselling, or on a deeper open-ended process of psychotherapy. As ethical practitioners, we are professionally bound to only contract to work with clients with whom we believe counselling or psychotherapy may be beneficial and with issues we have trained to work with. If after the initial consultation the contract remains unclear, a further session or sessions may be agreed to assess how best to proceed, which may result in agreeing on a piece of work together or may be an onward referral to a clinician who may be better suited to your needs.
If you and your therapist do decide to work together, they will arrange subsequent sessions with you at a mutually convenient time. Individual sessions are 50 minutes in duration (known as a therapy hour) and are generally weekly on the same day and time each week where possible.
Couple counselling is similar in format to individual counselling or psychotherapy, however, there are generally two distinct differences. Firstly, couple work is more task driven, meaning that we work together with you and your partner to establish what you are looking to achieve from the work, and secondly, it is generally of time-limited duration whereas individual psychotherapy is usually open-ended.
Some couple counsellors or therapists may agree to see you and your partner on a less frequent basis than weekly as the work progresses and your communication together improves. Please discuss this with your counsellor or psychotherapist at your initial consultation.
Coming to a decision
Deciding to start counselling or psychotherapy can feel daunting and unless you have previous experience of the process, can be very unknown. This website provides you with an overview of what constitutes counselling and psychotherapy and it is our job to ensure you understand what you can expect from any one of us as your therapist.
It is then our job to help you understand what has brought you to therapy, to ensure that you feel you can safely explore what it is that is holding you back in your life and to facilitate your process of working through any unresolved emotions or trauma.
Is insight enough?
Some people believe that understanding a problem automatically resolves the issue. Insight can be useful, but it does not constitute counselling or psychotherapy. Successful therapy depends on being able to process what you may be feeling in relation to an issue or issues – even if the feeling makes no sense to your rational mind. Therapy is therefore about the integration of our emotions with our mind. We need to know and accept what we are feeling before we can process it. Only then can we move beyond the loss or trauma in our lives.
Neuroscience research is proving that change is ‘embodied’, meaning it resides and is experienced and expressed through the body. The old maxim ‘neurons that fire together, wire together’ applies to this in the sense that we need to give ourselves time (and our therapist needs to facilitate this appropriately) to integrate emotional states into the body. This changes our felt sense, which in turn changes our brain and can help us shift from being focussed on hypervigilance, for example, to compassion, curiosity and healing.