How long will I need counselling for?
This is a really difficult question to answer, and it depends on the reasons that brought you to counselling in the first place and what your goals are. Essentially, counselling can last anywhere from a few sessions to many years of in- depth work. How long you wish to pursue counselling for is entirely your decision.
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
Counselling is generally a shorter- term arrangement, in which issues that have occurred in the here- and- now are explored and worked on. Psychotherapy is a more in depth process, in which the root causes of issues are explored. Together, therapist and client work through these causes to resolve any unprocessed past traumas or hurts and find new and more effective ways of being in relationship with self and others. Sometimes, we might start counselling with the intention to work on an immediate issue, and then realise that more in- depth work is needed. How many sessions you have, and for how long, is up to you.
How much does a session with you cost?
Please see my “Fees and Policies” page for more details.
How will I know when I am ready to “finish” counselling?
There is no set sign that you are “done” with counselling- we often benefit from counselling at different points in life, for different reasons. It might be that the things that brought you to therapy don’t have such a bearing on your life any more, or you may notice the relational issues you came in to work on are now a thing of the past. Essentially, counselling ends when you have got what you needed and wanted from the process, perhaps when your desired goals have been met. Ideally, it will be discussed and we would decide on an end date together- but ultimately, you have control over this aspect, and you can leave counselling whenever you feel ready to.
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