Why do people see Counselling Psychologists?
People come to see a Counselling Psychologist for a wide variety of reasons. Some of these reasons include:
- looking for new ways to manage a stressful life event (e.g. relationship difficulties or bereavement)
- manage mental health condition (e.g. anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress)
- work through problems stemming from a traumatic childhood,
- adjust to a health condition (e.g. a new diagnosis).
People see a Counselling Psychologist for emotional wellbeing, gain self-understanding and self-insight, and feel empowered to make better changes within their daily lives.
What is counselling psychology?
Counselling Psychology is based within the humanistic tradition and places the relationship between client and therapist at its core.
It emphasises that each individual is separate and unique, elevating this belief to the heart of its practice and focusing on enhancing individuals' psychological functioning, effectiveness, and wellbeing.
Being with you on your wellbeing journey
We integrate theory, research, and psychotherapeutic techniques to empower individuals to cope with life issues, mental health conditions or alleviate distress. And work holistically with clients to consider change, whether through their thought patterns, behaviour, or lifestyle.
Interventions may include a time-limited solution-focused approach, psychotherapy, counselling, couples therapy, family therapy, group work or psychoeducational programmes in various life skills (e.g. anger, anxiety or stress management).
How do you choose a Counselling Psychologist?
To be recognised as an accredited Counselling Psychologist, an individual is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
This allows them to be able to use the title "Counselling Psychologist". Individuals who have "Chartered" status will have undertaken a specialist accredited training route through the British Psychological Society (BPS).
When choosing to see a Counselling Psychologist, an individual should choose a therapist whom they feel they can work with and trust. It is also worth exploring how a therapist works. For instance, whether the therapist offers short term, long term or open-ended therapy, what the therapist specialises in or what their appointment availability is (e.g. evening, daytime or weekends).
How to book a session with a Counselling Psychologist?
If you want to see a private practice Counselling Psychologist, you can be referred by your GP, health professional, employer, or contact directly.
We will have a brief telephone call to provide information about pricing, availability and treatment plans. Following the initial telephone call, you can arrange to have a 1-hour face to initial face (or by zoom) assessment to explore treatment options, duration of therapy and other practical details.