Click on the question to find the answers to your questions about relational body psychotherapy and counselling.
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
Counselling is usually time limited between 6 to 20 sessions and we work on a particular topic that is causing difficulty to you at a point in your life with a focus in mind. Psychotherapy is open ended, for deeper seated issues and ranges more widely and in depth.
How long does counselling/therapy take?
Counselling can be time limited between 6 to 20 sessions. In Psychotherapy because each person is unique, it is not possible or appropriate to say at the beginning how long it will take. I have worked with some people for 6 months and others for several years. We review at frequent intervals to assess and evaluate progress and I undertake not to allow therapy to continue when I do not think it is helping you anymore.
How does it work?
People often know the changes they want to make but do not know how to go about it. In therapy they come up against various blocks. In my experience if they are really committed to working, they come to understand what needs to happen to get over the blocks and to make some of the changes they desire. Working with energetic blocks in the body also assists in unfreezing psychological patterns. It is quite a complex question. If you want to research further look at my reading and resources list page.
How do I know if you are the right therapist for me
You can look at other pages on my website to make sure that I cover the issues you bring. It is important to take notice of your gut instinct as to whether you feel comfortable and I am the sort of person who can understand you. You may wish to try a few different therapists for an introductory session before making up your mind. If I do not feel I can help you I will tell you and refer you somewhere else
Can I talk about anything?
Yes, and if you want to get the most out of therapy it is important to try to talk about the most difficult things . I provide a non-judgemental open space. Although I may challenge I will never force you to talk about something you do not wish to or are not ready for.
Can you assure confidentiality?
I will not speak to anyone about what you tell me except for the circumstances outlined below. There are legal limits to confidentiality which I will explain in session. If compelled by legal or ethical considerations to break confidentiality I will try first to get your consent. We may agree together that I should discuss your case with a named third party such as a GP and in this case I would get your written consent. I receive regular supervision and I discuss issues of concern with my supervisor without naming the individual. I am bound by the Chiron Association for Body Psychotherapy’s Code of Conduct.
Therapy is thought to be more effective if it takes place at frequent and regular intervals and at the same time. If you can not commit to this I will discuss to see if other arrangements are possible and advisable. Sometimes when advised and agreed I work twice weekly with clients.
Do I need to lie on a couch?
No. We usually work in 2 chairs facing each other. I may invite you to stand up lie down or move around but will never pressurise you to do so
Can I get free therapy elsewhere?
The NHS provides free therapy but there are often long waiting lists and very limited provision for longer term in depth therapy. Some training schools provide low cost therapy conducted by well supervised trainees. There may be cover for therapy under private health insurance. If you are an employee your employer may have an Employee Assistance Programme providing time limited counselling
Do I have to be referred by my GP?
No. There is no need to tell your GP you are having therapy. It is up to you to decide if you want to.
Can I bring my partner or spouse?
I do not currently practice couple therapy and could refer you to a couple therapist if together with your partner want to talk about your relationship.
Can I go to more than one therapist at the same time?
It is not advised to see more than one psychotherapist or counsellor at the same time because it is confusing.
How is Relational Body Psychotherapy different from other talking therapy?
It shares many features in common but Body Psychotherapy thinks of people holistically as mind, body, spirit and energy. We aim to give equal weight and attention to each and to the relationship between the parts. For more information see
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I have a mental health diagnosis and am on medication can I still do psychotherapy?
It is possible and I would advise you to speak to your GP or psychiatrist before starting
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