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Justin Smith
Counselling, Psychotherapy, Supervision & Training One-to-One Therapy, Couples Therapy & Group Therapy

Psychotherapy and Counselling

Whilst I am happy to see you for just a few sessions, often therapy requires some considerable time and investment. We are all unique as individuals, so I do not take a 'one size fits all' approach. It is worth investing in an initial session to get a sense about if and how we might work together. If not, as you may have read, this initial session will help me find someone who will fit with you otherwise!

On this page, you will find information about:

The Difference Between Counselling and Psychotherapy
Common Reasons For Seeking Counselling / Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy & Counselling Approaches
Fees and Booking Sessions
Frequently Asked Questions


The Difference Between Counselling and Psychotherapy

This is one of the most common questions, and also one quite difficult to answer. It really boils down to the individual, how they work, and the training they have undergone. Sometimes there is little or no difference between how a counsellor or psychotherapist might practise, and sometimes the difference is much bigger.

One thing is for sure - If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got. Change is often quite a difficult thing to achieve, so.....

Find a therapist who: offers you a level of support and a level of challenge that is right for you.
Some counsellors are working much more in an advisory capacity, and some psychotherapists will work at a deeper level to help you explore the roots and causes of the difficulty you are having. Often the only thing you can do is meet one, and see if they work in a way that feels right to you. Asking about training, qualifications and memberships can help, but just because someone isn't registered with the UKCP or BACP doesn't mean they might not be right for you, as there are alternatives to being registered with one of these two major governing bodies.


Common Reasons For Seeking Counselling / Psychotherapy

Many people have experienced the positive impact that counselling and psychotherapy can have on their lives, their well-being, and their sense of self-fulfilment. Some common life difficulties (not an exhaustive list for which people seek the help of a counsellor or psychotherapist):

Abuse, Addictions, Anxiety, Bereavement, Coping with Change, Depression, Eating Disorders, Feeling Unfulfilled, Hopelessness, Identity, Isolation, Loss of Direction, Relationship Difficulties, Panic Attacks, Parenting, Performance Anxiety, Personal Growth, Self-esteem, Self Exploration, Stress, Sexuality, Work Related Issues

Please call me on 07977126330 or email me if you have a query as to whether counselling or psychotherapy could be of use to you.



Psychotherapy and Counselling Approaches

It has been recorded that there are hundreds of different approaches to this area of work. This section is intended to give you an overview of these different approaches, all of which in some way underpin and lead to the work I offer as an Integrative Relational Body Psychotherapist.
(Section under construction)



Fees and Booking Sessions

Sessions:
Most commonly, sessions are arranged for the same time slot each week at a time which you and your therapist can rely upon. However alternative and more flexible arrangements can sometimes be made. We can discuss this at an initial session.
I offer 60-minute sessions. Longer sessions can be arranged.
I rarely have any availability after 6.30, but refer to other practitioners who do.

Fees:

Individual sessions are charged on a sliding scale from £65 - £85 per 1-hour session according to your affordability. This will be decided between us when we meet.
We have many practitioners I can refer you to who offer from a low cost fee of £20 per session.

Booking a Session:

If you would like to arrange an initial appointment, you can either phone me on 07977 126330, or email me here. Please let me know if you are requesting to see me specifically, or would like an assessment interview for me to refer you to a suitable practitioner.



Frequently Asked Questions

It is hard to know what questions you might have, as they are often quite individual. There are a list of FAQ's on the main OTS website, and if you click the link below, this will take you to that site in a new window. Otherwise feel free to email me or phone me with any questions you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions



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