Counselling & Psychotherapy

Coming to a therapy session for the first time can be very daunting but it can help if you know a little about counselling and psychotherapy, as well as the basic process, before you make your decision.

Clients would normally be offered an informal introduction and assesment session to see if it's what they are looking for and also to meet the therapist ... all therapists are different and you may find that you don't think you could work with the one you have chosen!  The relationship between client and therapist is very important.

At this initial session, if you decide to continue with therapy, an agreement is made between client and therapist about days, times, length of treatment, etc.  A session is normally 50-60 minutes unless the client and therapist agree that these should be extended.  The number of sessions is not limited, however this will be discussed and reviewed on a regular basis, depending on the needs of the client. 

Counselling and Psychotherapy are often considered to be interchangeable therapies that overlap in a number of ways.  Counselling usually refers to a brief treatment that centres around behaviour patterns, whereas psychotherapy focuses on working with clients for a longer term and draws from insight into emotional problems and difficulties.


  • Helps people identify problems and crises and encourages them to take positive steps to resolve these issues.

  • It is the best course of therapeutic treatment for anyone who already has an understanding of wellbeing, and who is also able to resolve problems.

  • Counselling is a short-term process that encourages the change of behaviour.


  • Helps people with psychological problems that have built up over the course of a long period of time.

  • It will help you understand your feelings, thoughts and actions more clearly.

  • Psychotherapy is a longer-term process of treatment that identifies emotional issues and the background to problems and difficulties.