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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do individuals seek therapy? 

There are many different reasons why people seek therapy, and I am aware that it can be challenging to initiate contact. Here are a few topics for which a client might contact me for treatment:

  • Abortion

  • Addictions

  • Anger

  • Anxiety

  • Bereavement

  • Depression

  • Eating Disorders

  • Relationship Difficulties or Breakdown

  • Self Esteem

  • Stress

  • Trauma


Instead of offering you guidance, counselling aims to increase your awareness of your internal and external experiences. You may feel more in control of your life and more aware of your options as a result of this.


What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

Counselling is an opportunity to work through your problems and issues with someone who is professionally trained and who is impartial to the situation you find yourself in. Psychotherapy tends to work at a deeper emotional or relational level. It works to heal inner unresolved conflicts or deeper emotional or psychological issues within yourself.

What takes place during therapy sessions? 

Every session is unique and will depend on what you want to discuss. The initial session gives us a chance to get to know one another, talk about your needs and goals, and determine whether we can collaborate. If both of us believe we can cooperate, we can choose a preliminary working arrangement. I will check in with you frequently throughout the sessions to make sure we are progressing according to your needs.


How many appointments will I require? 

It really is up to you how many sessions you want to have. In one or two sessions, some problems and issues can feel resolved. Some, however, require deeper work and may take weeks, months, or even years to complete.


How often are sessions held? 

The ideal option for most people at the beginning of therapy is weekly sessions; we can discuss this in more detail during our initial meeting taking into account individual circumstances such as shift work. Additionally, after we begin working together, we can revise our working agreement and adjust the frequency to better suit your requirements.


Why choose private? 

You can benefit from a variety of things by seeking counselling in a private setting. These include:

  • Choice of therapist

  • The ability to choose the number and length of therapy sessions

  • More accommodating and flexibility of appointment times 

  • Possibility of longer-term therapy which is not easily available on NHS

  • Can feel more private as therapy won’t appear on your medical records

Where do I work from?

I've worked from my own centre called Phoenix Counselling  since May 2022.  With a team of highly experienced therapists.

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