What are my fees? As a trainee therapist, I charge £25 for an initial interview and each 1-hour session after that. You can pay cash immediately following the session or pay by a faster payments bank transfer before your next session.
What is the time commitment for Counselling or Psychotherapy? Typically we will meet once per week for a 1-hour session. Counselling/Psychotherapy is one aspect of your own self-development program. You may want to do additional reading and exercises or art between sessions. Often daily journaling is a powerful way to support the work. Our 1-hour per week session should be considered the minimum commitment.
Where am I training? I am in training at the Institute of Psychosynthesis who also supervise my therapeutic work. You can find out more about the Institute and Psychosynthesis here: https://www.psychosynthesis.org
Who is the professional body that I am accountable to? The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, UKCP. This is the professional body that both the Institute of Psychosynthesis and myself are members of. I am a trainee member. You can find out more about UKCP here: https://www.psychotherapy.org.uk
Why do the sessions need to be recorded? I need to record our sessions because I am a trainee and need to be supervised. I use the recordings to make short transcripts of our sessions. These are included in supervision papers that are shared with my supervisors and peers. All client personal details are removed from the transcripts and clients remain anonymous. The recording of sessions is non-negotiable and is a condition of the contract that I have with the Institute of Psychosynthesis. The recordings are held under GDPR rules and I will delete them as soon as the supervision papers are written if you explicitly ask me to. I am unable to supply clients with copies of recordings.
What is the difference between Counselling a Psychotherapy? Counselling tends to be short term and outcome-based. The approach is focused on changing specific, possibly self-defeating, behaviours to achieve better outcomes. In contrast, Psychotherapy tends to be long term and seeks to address deeper psychological issues possibly related to early childhood wounding or perhaps existential and/or spiritual issues. I offer both Counselling and Psychotherapy as a trainee and the nature of the work that you wish to do will be discussed during the initial interview.
What are the differences between schools (or modalities) of Counselling and Psychotherapy? This is a difficult question to give a concise answer to but I attempt to do that in a LinkedIn article that I wrote. You can find it here: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/andrew-bache-693174a_counselling-psychotherapy-modalities-activity-6788438834116874240-ZFPD
What do you mean by bodywork? By bodywork, I am referring to the fact that, as part of our work together, I may ask you to move your body around, stretch or adopt a particular pose. I may ask you to pay particular attention to what is happening in your body and where precisely you feel particular emotions and sensations. Our body is a treasure trove of information about past experiences and early wounding.
Something missing? If you have a question that is not covered here please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the form on the “Contact Me” page and I will get back to you as soon as possible. If I think your question will be helpful to others, then I will update this page to include it.