Counselling and Psychotherapy – is there a difference?

There is not very much difference between counselling and psychotherapy. Generally the word ‘counselling’ is used for short term work where the focus is on problem solving. ‘Psychotherapy’ is more often used where the emphasis is placed on deeper emotional problems and may last a number of years.

You may decide to come for counselling about a specific problem and then choose to spend longer looking at a range of issues and gain a deeper understanding of yourself.

The most important aspect of counselling is the professional relationship you build up with your counsellor. A good relationship in therapy is one which is non judgemental and respectful and involves the establishment of trust. I aim to provide a safe, empathic and confidential environment for you to explore your problems and issues.

It is very important that you find a therapist who feels right for you and who you feel safe and comfortable working with. I offer a reduced fee for the introductory session for you to meet me and for us to think about how we want to work together.

Example areas of counselling I deal with:

  • Anxiety, Panic attacks, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Phobias
  • Eating  disorders, Body dysmorphic disorder
  • Depression, Loneliness, Suicidal thoughts, Self-harm, Trauma
  • Bereavement & loss (including pet bereavement)
  • Low self confidence and esteem
  • Emotional Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Bullying
  • Stress management and Performance management
  • Work related stress, Redundancy

If you have a concern that is not on the list above please contact me as I am sure I can help you.

My Fees & Getting In Touch:

  • Initial Session £30 (50 minutes)
  • Ongoing one-to-one sessions £45 (50 minutes)
    Concessions available, please contact me for further information.
    Daytime and evening appointments available.

Please feel free to contact me by telephone or email for a short informal discussion so I can get a sense of your needs and answer any questions you might have. If you decide to go ahead, we can book our first session which is an opportunity for you to decide whether you feel comfortable working with me and for me to find out if I’m the right person to help you. If you are happy to go ahead we will continue on a weekly basis.

Please email coles_victoria@hotmail.com or call 07817 583 847

My Professional Directory Listings:

http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/counsellors/victoria-coles

http://www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk/therapists/in/bdd7a1/london-west/london/victoria-coles