Psychotherapy & Counselling

Psychotherapy & Counselling

Types of Practitioners

What is a Counsellor?

Counselling is as old as the Ancient Greeks!!  A counsellor will help you explore what is happening in your life. They will encourage you to come to a greater understanding of your environment and help you to make changes that will lead to a stronger emotional state.

They will assist you in mapping a way out of the difficulties you are facing and support you while you learn to make better life choices. They offer confidential one-to-one, short term and long term counselling that is unique and tailored to your specific needs.

You can usually expect to pay between £40 - £90 per session. Couples counselling is usually between £70 - £100 per session.

What is a Psychotherapist?

A psychotherapist is very similar to a counsellor in that they will help you examine and come to an understanding of your problems. They will provide you with the necessary skills to overcome your struggles and enable you to help yourself to a better emotional place.

Quite often counselling is an intricate journey that can take time in order for you to reach a better and more positive place in your life. As such psychotherapists specialise in long term therapy. You can usually expect to pay between £50 - £100 per session.

What is a Psychologist?

A Clinical Psychologist has a doctorate. They tend to specialise in cognitive behaviour. They are able to diagnose issues. They are able to tell you what is wrong and address the issues.

Psychologists do not tend to deal with the underlying behaviours that lead to emotional issues. Psychologists are unable to prescribe medicines. You can usually expect to pay between £120 - £180 per session.

What is a Psychiatrist?

A psychiatrist is a medical practitioner who specialises in the study, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. They usually specialise in a specific field of which they have spent a minimum of five years studying.

They often deal with the more difficult issues. They are able to prescribe medicines. You can usually expect to pay between £250 - £380 per hour.

Types of Counselling

Person Centred: As the name suggests this mode of therapy concentrates very much on the person and uses the relation between the counsellor and the client to help the client understand what is happening in their world. This is a very collaborative process.

Psychodynamic: A therapy that helps clients examine not just what is happening consciously but also taps into the unconscious mind, thus enabling the therapist to interpret and bring the unconscious into the conscious. This, then, enables the client to have a much clearer picture of why they may be struggling. This type of therapy tends to be more long term - almost like a voyage of discovery. 

Existential: This type of therapy focuses on the struggle we have as humans with being and nonbeing and our place in the world. Existential therapy uses a strong philosophical understanding to help the client better understand what is happening in their internal world and also how the environment can be contributing to the difficulties they are facing.

Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT): Talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It is most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems.

Integrative: An integrative therapist will take some of the main modalities of therapy and integrate them to form a consistent and unique way of working to best help the client. This can be a very powerful form of therapy as it can be tailored to meet the individual needs of the client. Usually integrative therapists will use an effective combination of Person Centred, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Gestalt Therapy: A humanistic therapy technique with psychodynamic roots that focuses on gaining an awareness of emotions and behaviours in the present rather than in the past. The therapist does not interpret experiences for the client. Instead, the therapist and client work together to help the client understand him/herself. The goal is for clients to become aware of what they are doing, how they are doing it, and how they can change themselves, and at the same time, to learn to accept and value themselves. Gestalt therapy focuses more on process (what is happening) than content (what is being discussed). The client gains self-awareness in the 'here and now' by analysing behaviour and body language and talking about bottled up feelings.  This approach often includes acting out scenarios, the empty-chair-method, and dream recall. The word 'integrative' indicates that several distinct models of counselling and psychotherapy are used together. 

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