Throughout this website I have referred to Counselling and Psychotherapy interchangeably. This is because I believe that there is very little difference between the two: some practitioners may choose to call themselves counsellors, while others, even with identical qualifications, may call themselves psychotherapists. Traditionally, practitioners offering short-term help to clients (especially those in the voluntary sector) tend to call themselves counsellors, while others who offer longer term therapy call themselves psychotherapists.
What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?What if I don’t want or can’t have therapy face-to-face?
An alternative to face-to-face therapy is Online Counselling. Online Counselling is similar to face-to-face therapy, but rather than going to see a counsellor physically, you have sessions online in the form of emails. You may decide that Online Counselling might be a better for you for different reasons such as disability, social phobia, busy schedules or distance. It may be that you prefer to express yourself through writing rather than verbally, giving you more time for reflection and the choice to have a written record of your session to re-read in between sessions.
Only you are able to answer this question. No issue is too big or small for counselling – if you feel you need some support from an objective person, then counselling can be very helpful.
The number of sessions will normally be decided at the Counselling Assessment by you and me. I normally suggest 6 sessions in the first instance, but this can vary depending on what you have come to counselling for.