Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
The term counselling usually refers to time-limited therapy focused on a particular issue while psychotherapy describes an open-ended process of exploration.

What does BACP stand for?
BACP stands for the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists an organisation that sets the standards for therapeutic practice and provides information for therapists, clients and the general public.

What does it mean to be a BACP registered member?
BACP Registered status is a sign to clients that they can be confident that a registered BACP member adheres to high standards of proficiency and ethical practice. Clients need to check if their therapist is a member of a professional body.

Is there a counsellor/psychotherapist for my situation?
Therapists practice in all situations and all parts of society from NHS clinics to workplaces. They are trained to deal with a wide range of issues including helping people to cope with anxiety and bereavement, relationship difficulties, educational, sexual and racial issues, abuse and trauma, as well as personal problem solving.

What should I ask when I contact a counsellor for the first time?
Ask about the time, place, cost and duration of sessions plus any charge for cancelled or missed appointments. You may want to enquire about the counsellor or psychotherapist’s professional membership, training and experience. That is how you will be able to decide if this is the person you can work with.

How long do I need counselling for?
Some people come for a few sessions, others for much longer. You will make your own decision about your own counselling. Most clients prefer to commit to a minimum number of six sessions as it often takes at least that long to get to the root of the problem, to build a therapeutic relationship and to be able to make any change.