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Psychotherapy and Counselling
Counselling and psychotherapy are both ‘talking therapies’ that offer people a chance to change how they feel and to live better. A counsellor or therapist isn’t there to give you advice or to tell you what to do, but will listen to you carefully and engage you in a conversation that can help to clarify aspects of your life that may be causing you distress or confusion.
You may be anxious about what therapy entails or what you need to do in the sessions. This is entirely natural; after all, we don’t usually discuss our innermost thoughts and feelings with a stranger. At its most fundamental, a therapy session is an intimate conversation or dialogue in a safe, private, confidential space, with someone who is trained to listen and reflect on what you say without judgment or expectation.
Sessions are conducted on a weekly basis and last for fifty minutes. Short-term counselling usually refers to 6-12 sessions, whilst long-term or ‘open-ended’ counselling or therapy can continue for up to 2 years or more. There will be regular reviews of the therapy every couple of sessions and clients are encouraged to feedback their experience of the therapy.
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