How do I know which counselling or psychotherapy approach is most suited to me?

There are a number of established counselling and psychotherapy models; these include psychodynamic or psychoanalytic psychotherapy, transactional analysis, existential, humanistic and cognitive behavioural therapy. You may have an idea that a particular approach may be suited to you, if not you can telephone the Crescent Practice to discuss the different models, or you may make an appointment for a one-off consultation.

How do I know what I say is confidential?

The counsellors and psychotherapists who work within the Crescent Practice are ethically bound by the professional organisations, British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy, to hold what you say to them in confidence. Confidentiality will be discussed in more detail at your first session.

What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

There is considerably overlap in the meanings of Counselling, Therapy and Psychotherapy all three terms refer to the process of meeting with a trained therapist to work through personal issues. A broad distinction between counselling and psychotherapy is that while both counselling and psychotherapy seek to understand and help clients work with current or long standing difficulties in their lives, psychotherapy is also directed towards exploration of who we are and what might fundamentally drive us; profound personal transformation can come about, over time, in the process of the exploration. A Counsellor has a specific training in counselling theory and skills as well as clinical experience of face-to-face counselling. Counsellors offer both short and medium-term work usually on a weekly basis. A Psychotherapist is also trained in counselling skills and theory but generally works in greater depth and thus psychotherapy may well be medium to long term and possibly involve more frequent sessions, i.e. twice or three times weekly.

How long do I need to see my counsellor or psychotherapist for?

There is no set period of time for counselling or psychotherapy, the number of sessions depends on you as an individual and the kinds of difficulties you may be experiencing. Our counsellors and psychotherapists are trained to work both to a short term and a longer term model of working.

How do I start counselling or psychotherapy?

For an initial meeting with a counsellor or psychotherapist please contact us.

What happens at the first session?

The first session is an opportunity for you to tell the counsellor or psychotherapist about the kinds of difficulties you have been experiencing. Then you will both discuss whether counselling or psychotherapy will be helpful and if you decide to go ahead and arrange further sessions the counsellor or psychotherapist will discuss with you the practical arrangements. This will include timings and regularity of sessions, fees, the arrangements around holidays and missed sessions. You will also discuss the issue of confidentiality.

What issues can counselling and psychotherapy help with?

There are wide range of difficulties which can be helped by counselling and psychotherapy, these include:

  • Depression, bereavement, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias and other anxiety related problems, post traumatic stress, past trauma, childhood abuse, grief and loss.
  • Stress, work related pressures, redundancy, study or academic anxiety.
  • Family problems, cultural identity, relationship difficulties, sexuality, gender issues, and sexual difficulties.
  • Physical health, caring for somebody with health problems, coping with disability, pregnancy related difficulties, self harm and food/eating related problems.

Can a counsellor or psychotherapist prescribe medication?

The counsellors and psychotherapists at the Crescent Practice cannot prescribe mediation for you. However they can speak with your GP or help refer you to a consultant psychiatrist who will be able to prescribe any necessary medication for you.

Can I use my health insurance to pay for counselling sessions?

In some cases it is possible to pay for your counselling or psychotherapy sessions from you health insurance but you would need to check this out with your insurance company prior to starting counselling or psychotherapy.

How can I pay for counselling sessions?

Counselling or psychotherapy sessions are usually paid for either at the end of each session or by invoice at the end of each month. Fees will be discussed with you in your first session or you can ask your counsellor or psychotherapist in your initial contact by email or on the telephone.

Is my Counsellor or Psychotherapist qualified?

The team of the counsellors and psychotherapists working at The Crescent Practice have professional qualifications and have many years of experience. This is something you may wish to discuss with your counsellor or psychotherapist at your initial assessment session.