Every new client undergoes an initial consultation in order to clarify his/her concerns so that the most appropriate course of action can be chosen. In this session clients are encouraged to explain as fully as possible why they are seeking therapy, as well as ask questions. Overall, the aim of this initial consultation is to ascertain whether psychotherapy or counselling can be of benefit or not and give advice accordingly. Normally this session will last for 90 minutes.

Q: How long does each session last?

Apart from the initial consultation lasting up to 90 minutes, individual therapy sessions usually last 50 minutes unless a double session is required. Couples therapy sessions are 60 minutes.

Q: How much does it cost?

Initial consultation fees: individuals, £80.00. Individual session fees are usually set between £60.00 and £75.00, although lower fees are occasionally negotiable for people on low incomes. Couples therapy sessions are from £75 to £95.00.

Q: How often do I need to attend?

This depends on the type of problem. One session per week is usually the minimum. Sometimes however, twice or even three times weekly may be suggested as necessary.

Q: How do I know my therapist is fully qualified?

Qualifications can be requested at any time. Also the governing body of the therapist can be consulted in order to ensure confidence.

Q: Are there circumstances in which confidentiality may be breached?

See confidentiality

Q: Do I need to arrange an appointment before coming?

An appointment is necessary before seeing a therapist. Appointments however, can be arranged at fairly short notice depending on availability.

Q: Why is a regular commitment usually so necessary?

Sometimes it is the case that one or two sessions are effective immediately in dealing with presenting problems. These type of sessions usually involve the rapid discovery of a different perspective and the realisation that various choices and actions can be taken that can lead to satisfactory resolutions. More often that not however, people come to therapy because they know that they need to address underlying emotional-relating patterns or mental attitudes causing them problems at various levels of life (social, behavioural, sexual, mental). For this type of concern psychotherapy and counselling requires a commitment to regularity.

Q: What about cancellations and missed appointments?

The therapist is paid both for his/her time and expertise. Once a commitment to the process of psychotherapy has been agreed (short, medium or long term) it applies to both the therapist and client. This means that the allocated space is then not available to anyone else except that client. The therapist agrees to be at each session at the same time(s) each week for the benefit of the client and reciprocity is expected. Cancellations and missed appointments, therefore, are usually charged for. There are variations and exceptions to this stipulation and occasional rearrangements may be made after discussing them with the particular therapist. Once times have been agreed however, the general principle of minimal alteration to the therapy contact is usually applied.

Q: What is the difference between psychotherapy and counselling?

Counselling is a process of interaction and exchange between client and therapist with the aim of helping the client explore the nature of their concern and sort out what can be done about it. It is usually a short to medium term process to help find a way to resolve specific problems. It may involve giving advice or information, or the working through of immediate conflicts, but essentially it provides therapeutic support through times of stress and disruption. Psychotherapy is also a process of interaction and exchange but uses the therapeutic situation to go deeper into the background of the personality exploring the emotional-mental patterns underlying present concerns or troubles. Psychotherapists often work with clients for longer periods of time on deep psychological problems with the aim of fundamental change within the personality.

Q: What about confidentiality?

It is essential practice for psychotherapists and counsellors to provide confidential treatment. This usually means that your sessions will not be discussed with anyone. There are, however, some important limits to confidentiality.Professional therapists are obliged by their codes of practice to discuss their client-work with a qualified supervisor in order to ensure that the therapy continues to be of a high standard. Only the work is discussed however, personal details are kept confidential. However, psychotherapists are legally obliged to report the following:
  • Current abuse of children including paedophilia
  • Threats of deliberate harm to life
  • Threats to commit terrorist acts 
Q: What about fair treatment and non-discrimination?

The CPS has a non-discrimination policy. We do not discriminate against people on the basis of their gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, spiritual beliefs and practices or political views.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any other questions.
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