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Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy? 

Answer: Counselling is a talking therapy that focuses on current problems/issues that result in specific behaviours and actions. Counselling is short term therapy (period of weeks or up to 6 months), and gives a client guidance, support, and education to help identify and find their own solutions to problems. Psychotherapy is long term therapy, either continuous or intermittent over years, that focused on feelings/experiences relating to recurring problems. Psychotherapy is a talking therapy with aspects of Cognitive Behaviour Theory that can offer clients solution focused, and goal setting tasks to resolve their life challenges/ongoing issues.

Question: What is Person-Centred Experiential Therapy? 

Answer: The Person-Centred approach to therapy is were the client is central to the therapy process. A therapy will help you understand/make sense of your thoughts, feelings and lived experiences that maybe a challenge for you at this moment of time. The Person-Centred therapy model can lead to real change/growth for a client that can aid life change with self, and relationships with others.

Question: What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)? 

Answer: The Cognitive Behaviour approach to therapy is a talking therapy that can help managing your problems by changing the way you think and behave. CBT can provide a client with solution based goals to deal with overwhelming issues/problems. CBT focuses on current problems to change negative patterns a client may have in their current world.

Question: How many Counselling sessions can I have?

Answer: Each client is very unique so you can have as many sessions as you like. Some client's have up to 6 sessions, some clients have up to 12 sessions, some client's have therapy as part of their life for years - it is up to the client being in control of the amount of sessions they have.

Question: What is the distance of an Outdoor therapy session as I struggle with walking? 

Answer: All Outdoor therapy sessions are agreed by client/counsellor before the session, many client's have different walking speeds so comfort for the client is my main focus if this a 1, 2 mile or more walk, so don't be worried it wont be a 4 mile fast paced walk. Outdoor therapy can also be sitting either on a local park bench or using a picnic blanket in a private area of a park such as Taylor Park that is 10 minutes from my therapy space in Eccleston, St Helens. Alternatively 2 minutes from my property is Christ Church Eccleston that has a large park next to it. The needs/comfort of the client is my main focus and this can be agreed before session 1 in the free 15-30-minute initial session.

Question: Can I have a mixture of Outdoor and Face to Face therapy? 

Answer: Yes this is totally fine, some sessions can be in my therapy room and in the outdoors. This is an option for some client's who book an Outdoor therapy session, but then the weather is wet/windy, and would prefer to keep their booked session and have it indoors.

Question: What age client groups do you work with? 

Answer: I have worked with Male/Female client's (ranging from 16 to 65 years of age) within the Liverpool, Cheshire and Greater Manchester area.

Question: What is your confidentiality policy? 

Answer: I am committed to treating each client with respect and compassion and will keep what you tell me confidential. There are some circumstances where confidentiality may be broken, such as if I am worried that you or someone in your life may be harmed, but I would aim to discuss this with you first. As part of my ethical practice, I talk to a supervisor on a monthly basis, who helps and supports me in my work with my clients. However, my supervisor is bound by the same limits of confidentiality. I make brief notes about my sessions with clients but these records are kept on a confidential password protected system. Under the Data Protection Act you also have the right to see any records kept on you. I am also registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

Question: What is Counselling and Psychotherapy?

Answer: The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, or BACP, define Counselling and Psychotherapy as:

“Counselling and Psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing...

What therapists do:

  • Offer a safe and confidential space to help explore emotionally-based problems 

  • Help you make sense of your world 

  • Help you to explore feelings and thoughts, in order to resolve emotional distress 

  • Help you towards a better understanding of self and others, which in turn may lead to an improved ability to relate to others”


Question: What if I have to cancel my Counselling session? 

Answer: If you need to cancel a session you can do this by giving 24 hours notice via email, text message or phone call (special circumstances taken into consideration).


If you have any more questions I will gladly answer any of them, please get in touch via the form below. Alternatively, you are welcome to reach out to me directly via email, text messaging, WhatsApp or phone call: 

07369 211 503

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