Frequently Asked Questions
If there is a question that isn’t answered below, please get in touch.
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
Some therapists disagree on this issue but typically a psychotherapist has trained
for longer and tends to work with clients for much longer periods of time than a
counsellor does but this isn't a hard and fast rule.
How often do I need to come to therapy?
Once a week is the ideal; as this gives continuity to the therapeutic process and enables us to build a good, solid therapeutic relationship but frequency can be discussed. There will obviously be times when you cannot make the sessions due to holidays, illness or work commitments, which is fine. Please see the terms and conditions within the therapeutic contract for the notice period required if you cannot make a session. It’s important that you are committed to your therapy sessions so that the greatest benefits can be achieved.
How long do I need to come to therapy?
This all depends upon why you are coming to therapy; You may well be able to achieve your goals in a relatively short period of time. If your issues are deeper rooted and complex then this may mean a longer term of therapy to be able to make those important positive changes in your life.
Will my counselling sessions be confidential?
This is a confidential service and the content of your therapy session is confidential. However we do receive regular counselling supervision where we discuss client work. There are times when confidentiality may have to be breached, for example if you or somebody else (including children) are considered to be at risk of harm; or where there is a requirement under law in the case of serious criminal offences.
Can I bring someone with me?
No, counselling is a one to one activity. Having someone else in the room, even if it is someone you trust, can really change the dynamics between counsellor and client which are an important part of the work and may have an impact on what you let yourself talk about. It's perfectly fine for someone to bring you to/meet you from your session.
What is the therapeutic contract?
When you come to therapy, we will go through the contract during the first session. The contract details the cost of the sessions along with other general information, so you know how much time you need to give if you want to cancel a session etc. The therapy agreement acts as the terms and conditions of your counselling and psychotherapy sessions and you will be able to keep a signed copy to refer back to.
Why is counselling so expensive?
Paying £35-45 for an individual counselling session is the average price in
the Greater Manchester area; which may seem like a lot but it would simply be impossible for a
therapist to do it for much less and be able to make any profit at all.
Counselling is a professional service and there are overheads as with any business such as room
costs, professional indemnity insurance, supervision and advertising to consider. Not to mention the cost of training which is ongoing for all practitioners to further develop their knowledge base. Counsellors are also quite limited in the number of clients they can see during the course of a day; with the need for regular breaks for their own self-care.
Is there a Cancellation Policy?
If you need to cancel an appointment please give a minimum of 48 hours notice; if we are able to reschedule within the same week and you can attend then no cancellation fee will apply. If not the full fee for the cancelled session is payable before another appointment can be made.