Paula J Williams Counselling and Psychotherapy
Frequently Asked Questions
What is counselling/psychotherapy?
Counselling and psychotherapy are two terms that are often used the describe the same process of speaking with someone who is trained to help with difficulties you may be having in life, and who will offer a safe and non-judgemental space for you to talk about anything that is troubling you. Counselling and psychotherapy can help you to explore the issues you bring and help you to identify for yourself changes you might wish to make in your life and relationships.
The term counselling is often used to describe a shorter course and psychotherapy a longer more in-depth period, although this isn't always the case. Therapists train in different modalities or schools of therapy that influence how they work.
How long will I see a counsellor/therapist?
There are no set rules. Some people require only a few sessions, whilst others prefer to come for a longer period. Much depends on what you yourself feel you need, so we will review how it's going from time to time in order to ensure that you don't come for longer than feels necessary for you. Many people come for one hour weekly, but others come for 90 minutes, and others fortnightly; we can work out together what suits you best.
How much will it cost?
For counselling, I offer an initial appointment of 30-45 minutes for which there is no charge for my time, but a nominal charge to cover costs, currently £10. This appointment is an opportunity for us to meet and for you to explain what it is that has brought you to counselling or therapy, and for us to see if we feel we want to work together. As counselling and therapy are very personal things requiring a level of trust in the relationship between us, it's important that you feel comfortable with me and able to work with me, which is why I offer this appointment at no fee other than costs. If after meeting we agree to go ahead, my standard charge is £80 but for those on a low income I have a sliding scale starting at £35 per 60 minute session.
For supervision, I charge £45 per hour for qualified supervisees, and £40 for trainees for all sessions including a first meeting.
Do you have concessionary rates?
Yes. I charge £35 for students and other concessions. For supervision, I charge trainees £40.
What type of issues would a person see a counsellor/therapist about?
There are no fixed rules to this and you don't have to be in crisis to come to therapy. Some people come about a specific issue, such as a relationship breakdown or with anxiety or depression. Others don't have a particular issue in mind but feel they are not where they want to be in their lives or have a sense that something is wrong. Many clients focus on self-development and understanding themselves better, for example they might want to explore why they react to certain situations in a particular manner. Many people come because they are struggling with their sense of identity, feeling perhaps they don't know who they are.
Some examples of reasons why a person may seek counselling/therapy are:-
low self esteem
experiences of trauma e.g. childhood sexual abuse, domestic abuse, accident, assault, witnessing traumatic incidents
problem drinking, substance misuse
eating disorders, self harm etc
issues about sexuality
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