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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Counselling and psychotherapy can often seem confusing to people who have not experienced these forms of therapy before. If you have any questions, then do get in contact to ask. 

Please feel free to call, message, or email to discuss counselling and therapy and to book an appointment. 

  • What is Counselling/ Psychotherapy?
    Psychotherapy and Counselling are broad terms used to describe talking therapies. Both a counsellor and psychotherapist will provide a service for those looking for support and treatment for a wide range of mental health and emotional concerns. Many different therapies 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'. Counselling offers a space to talk and explore your life and experiences and tends to tackle problems at the time of crises. Whereas psychotherapy focuses on longer term psychological problems and a deeper exploration and understanding of how you have developed, the different influences you have experienced, your ways of being and your relationships. Research has shown that the relationship between an individual and a therapist is the most important factor in determining the success of therapy and, whether you choose a counsellor or psychotherapist it is important you choose the right individual for you.
  • I feel quite low sometimes. Should I see a counselling professional?
    One of the most important things to do if you're feeling down is to open up. Most people feel more comfortable confiding in a close friend or family in the first instance but the opportunity to have time with another person, who you do not know personally, can be extremely liberating. Often simply talking about it helps and by working with a trained therapist the positive impact can be significant. If you're not seeking therapy and the problem continues and begins to interfere with everyday life, you can speak to your GP who will be able to discuss other options with you.
  • How do I know if I need a mental health coach, personal development, counselling, or 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 provides a regular time for you to explore your feelings and talk about any problems you're experiencing. A counsellor can help you develop better ways of coping, allowing you to move forward and get the most out of life.
  • What is anxiety?
    It is normal to feel anxious sometimes and it isn't necessarily a bad thing. However, anxiety can be a problem if it is affecting your ability to live your life. If anxiety is ongoing, intense, hard to control or out of proportion to your situation, it can be a sign of a mental health problem.
  • What is the difference between regular therapy/counselling and the 360 programme?
    There are some key differences that differentiate the 360 programme and therapy..... ​ The 360 programme provides: More structure to allow a quicker submersion into key areas of your life Elevated guidance as you are supported and challenged through set and bespoke activities Enhanced coverage of your past, present, and future A greater focus on your all-round personal development and self insight A defined start and ending of the process More rapid and intense self discovery ​ There are also important similarities too..... Both the 360 programme and therapy provide a confidential, supportive, and a non-judgemental environment. Sessions will be arranged at a convenient time for you.
  • How will I know whether regular therapy/counselling or the 360 programme is most suitable for me?
    By booking an initial appointment we will have chance to meet and to discuss the two options, understand what your needs are, and to make a decision that feels right for you. Whilst for many clients the initial consultation allows them to clearly determine one option over the other, and they are keen to get started, some clients may find a few regular therapy sessions can be helpful prior to beginning a 360 programme.
  • What types of therapy do you offer?
    As an integrative therapist I am experienced in drawing upon different theoretical models such as relational attachment based, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), person centered and energy work (further details can be found within the 'Therapy section of my website). I will offer an approach tailored to your individual needs and I will work with you to find the most effective method. Therapy can be time limited or open ended. I aim to build a trusting and non-judgmental relationship that helps you develop self-awareness. When you understand the causes of your concerns or triggers for your behavior, you can confidently set goals and develop new behaviors to improve your satisfaction with life. Within my work I often use aspects of the following approaches/ therapies: Adlerian Advanced Integrative Therapy Cognitive Behavioural Techniques Creative therapy Eclectic Gestalt Humanistic Integrative Interpersonal Jungian Mindfulness Person centered Psychodynamic Relational Solution focused brief therapy Systemic Transactional analysis
  • What do I do if it is an emergency?
    If you're feeling suicidal or you are concerned about someone else, confide in someone you know, contact your GP, call 999, go to your local A&E, or call the Samaritans (116 123) or email them on jo@samaritans.org <jo@samaritans.org>. You can also find more information on the Mind Website, through Mind's confidential information line; 03001233393 or you can text 86463.
  • How much does it cost?
    I aim to work with your financial situation and, with this in mind, I will be happy to discuss the fee for ongoing appointments during your initial appointment. Many employers are happy to contribute to the cost of therapy and, should you feel comfortable discussing this with someone you trust at work, this could be an avenue for you to explore.
  • What should I expect in my counselling/ psychotherapy session?
    I offer a warm, supportive, safe and confidential space to talk about your feelings, thoughts and concerns, without judgement. Clients who attend my practice in Warwick and Leamington Spa find that I provide warmth, and the support to enable them to overcome their difficulties, gain confidence, and feel uplifted. Within your first session, we will look to get an overview of your experience, the reason for you seeking therapy, and there will be an opportunity for you to ask any questions you might have. As well as the possibility to work using a range of approaches and techniques, therapy often includes: General discussion about you Exploring how you feel about things Childhood and past experiences Current and past relationships Situations/ events that you find difficult It is important to remember you don't have to talk about anything you don't want to.
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