Therapy done your way
If you have been considering or looking for therapy for you, your child, a friend, you and your partner then you’ve come to the right place! I’m confident we can help and if we can’t we may know someone that can.
Those of you that are unsure of therapy, we will try our upmost to put you at ease, our therapists are very down to earth. We are very much of the belief that if you broke your leg, would you not go to the doctors to heal your leg? Your mental health works exactly the same. There are also preventative measures before things get a little too much.
Four Straight Forward Easy Steps
During the consultation call we discuss your reasons for seeking therapy, your general preferences & availability, as well as the type of therapy most beneficial for you.
If we can appropriately match you to a therapist at the end of the phone call you can book an appointment directly after this is you choose too. You can view our therapists online too.
Sessions done your way! Weekly or fortnightly sessions either face to face at one of our clinics or online, the choice completely yours.
We have an online booking system as well as other traditional methods. And what's unique to us is that you're not tied to the same appointment day and time each week ensuring that we are accessible to all and a fully inclusive and flexible service.
Upon starting therapy you begin to explore your issues and we will begin to tailor our therapeutic approach to you.
Entering counselling allows you to explore your thoughts, feelings, behaviours and current issues in a safe environment. Counselling is a non-judgemental and supportive environment where you can explore how you are feeling with a professional who is trained to help you unpick your current situation and gain more insight into it.
There are many different modalities in counselling, which means your counsellor will be trained in a specific way, the most common in the UK are: Person Centred, Psychodynamic, CTB (Cognitive behaviour therapy) and Integrative (having knowledge of different ways of working).
Many years ago counsellors were purer in their approach, meaning they would practice in the modality they trained without integrating any other ways of working, now it is much for common for most counsellors to integrate most other modalities into their work, to ensure that the therapy tailored around each individual.
There is no length of time that counselling generally lasts, as the client you may choose to come for a specific length of time (i.e. 6 sessions) or you may choose to come until you are feeling better. Coming for regular appointments is important and we would advise coming every week or fortnight for consistency.
What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?
Many people ask what’s difference between both psychotherapy and counselling. Essentially, they have the same common goal, which is to help you overcome issues that are distressing and improve your quality of life. In general, psychotherapists tend to train for longer and as a result, often work with more complex clients or those who want to have longer-term therapy. However, many counsellors also work with complicated cases and work in depth as well.
Psychotherapists are also trained on more complex mental health issues and are able to plan the therapy accordingly.
ABOUT THE SESSIONS
The sessions will last 50 minutes with a five to ten-minute wrap at the end on how the session went and to book any further sessions. Sessions are usually held weekly, or fortnightly at a mutually agreed time and day, you are not tied to any number of sessions, you come as long as you want to, there will be regular review sessions throughout your time in therapy, this helps to see evaluate on how far along the process you are at or where you are at in therapy. We understand however that there may be financial constraints on how long you are able to come for counselling or psychotherapy. If this is the case you & we can discuss whether this is an appropriate option in your consultation.
Your confidentiality is especially important to us as well as is the counselling relationship. Everything that is discussed with your Counsellor in the counselling session is kept in the strictest confidence.
Your Counsellor/Therapist is bound by the Code of Ethics set out by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or UKCP and I will adhere to their guidelines. Notes would be taken in the session. It is of huge importance to put you at ease during you time in therapy.
For more information you can see our FAQS.
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"I've put off so many times, this time round I'm so pleased I didn't. "
Alex , Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
How long does a consultation last?
Around 20-30 minutes depending on your need or what can come up during consultation.
Can I request a face to face consultation?
Yes, you can request a face to face assessment which is a more in depth consultation this is chargeable service please see Assessment page for more details.
Do you hold waiting lists?
We try our best not to ever hold waiting lists so you can be seen within two weeks, however there maybe that a certain type of therapy or a particular person that may be best suited who may hold a waiting list, we can estimated this for you or give recommendations following too.
How long do the sessions last?
Sessions are around 50 minutes to and hour.
Are the sessions held weekly?
Appointments with your therapist will can be held weekly or fortnightly.
Do I have to come the same time each week?
In in short, we a are a fully flexible service we've modernised the old standard practice of the same time each week as it just wasn't working for most people, however you can also book in advance if your needs are a little less flexible. If you want the most out of therapy, you will need to commit to your appointments, to your therapist and to yourself as to get the best out of therapy.
How long will therapy last?
With therapy, there usually is no set length of treatment. Therapy can last anywhere from a few sessions to several months or even years. It all depends on what you want and need. Some people come to therapy with a very specific problem they need to solve and might find that say a few sessions is sufficient. Other people come to therapy with more complicated issues they are grappling with and may feel they need a few months or years to understand and resolve their issues. Other people come with long-standing problems or difficult feelings and may benefit from longer-term therapy. The length of treatment may also vary depending on the type of therapy in which you are engaging with.
Regardless of why you are seeking therapy or the type of therapy you are doing, it is important to remember that, ultimately, it is your decision as to when you stop therapy. It’s important to remember that you might come with a particular problem but during therapy a whole host of things can come up that might impact this time. Your therapist will review with you every now and again to see how you’re doing within therapy and guide you through this process.