by Dr. Becky Spelman on 20/08/2020
Do you need some help with your mental or emotional health, or with a challenging period in your life?
We are here for you! Here at Private Therapy Clinic, everyone on our team of counsellors is acutely aware of the challenges of the modern world. We are skilled listeners, and whenever you come to talk to us, about whatever is troubling you, we will engage with you completely and work closely with you to figure out what the issues are, and what we, and you, can do to help.
What is Counselling?
When you make an appointment to see one of our counsellors in London, UK or online, rather than a Psychologist or Psychotherapist, you will be offered a form of talk therapy that helps you to explore the issues in your life that are currently difficult, in a way that enables you to form your own realisations. Your counsellor will ask questions that will help you to uncover and explore the underlying issues.
Why is Counselling Less Costly than Other Forms of Therapy?
Because Counsellors do not offer evidenced-based Therapies, as Psychologists and Psychotherapists do, their fees are usually lower.
While many people benefit hugely from counselling, if you feel that you need a different sort of treatment, with a scientifically proven approach, we suggest that you see one of our HCPC registered Psychologists or a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.
What’s the Difference Between Counselling and Psychotherapy?
There are some significant differences between Counselling and Psychotherapy. A course of treatment under the care of a Psychotherapist typically deals with your emotional well-being and explores the root cause of the issues that are troubling you over a relatively long period of time. Conversely, Counselling is more structured and focused on behaviour and behaviour change, and courses of treatment typically take place over a shorter period.
What if I Like the Idea of both Counselling and Psychotherapy?
If you feel that both of these approaches have something to offer you, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), a form of psychotherapy, is proven to be highly effective in creating significant life changes, usually after just 6-8 sessions. This approach incorporates elements of Counselling along with other psychotherapeutic methods, and is an evidence-based therapy. You can learn more about evidence-based therapies here.
What is the Difference Between a Counsellor and a Psychologist?
As the two terms are sometimes used interchangeably, the differences are not widely understood by non-experts. It helps to know a little about the training, background, and therapeutic approach:
A Counsellor has completed an Introduction to Counselling course, and has a certificate in Counselling skills. They have also done core practitioner training to at least diploma level, and may have studied to bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate level. Upon completion of 100 hours of supervised placement, they can register with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) as fully accredited.
A Counsellor’s approach is a practical one that focuses on what is troubling you right now, and uses open questioning to encourage you to engage your own problem-solving skills. Typically, Counsellors see people dealing with issues around work and relationships rather than mental illnesses. Counselling is usually a short-term therapy.
A Psychologist, also referred to as a Clinical Psychologist or Counselling Psychologist (you can read about the difference here), has a degree in Psychology and a PhD. They are also registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Like a UK Counsellor, they use talk therapy, although they will use a more structured, evidence-based approach, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), Compassion-focused Therapy (CFT) and Mindfulness.
Psychologists take a much more in-depth approach than Counsellors. They focus on the patient’s formative experiences to figure out how their experiences as a child and young adult have contributed to the issues that are troubling them. As they often work with people with mental illness, they often work in conjunction with Psychiatrists, who are the only professionals who are allowed to prescribe medication.
All of our Counsellors and Psychologists are registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
What Will My First Counselling Session be Like?
It can be challenging coming to a first appointment, and people often find that, at the end of the session, they’ve forgotten to say everything they planned! Consequently, we recommend that you write a list of the main issues you want to discuss. A certain amount of nervousness is normal and understandable, but your Counsellor will make you feel at ease, and together you will discuss what you want to address in your life, and whether Counselling is, in fact, the best approach for you. If, after this first meeting, we feel that another approach would be better for you, we will suggest a different treatment.
Assuming that you and we agree that Counselling is the best approach for you, we will look at how we can create an approach that is uniquely tailored to your needs and concerns. We are keenly aware that everyone is different, and that a one-size-fits-all approach to therapy is far from optimal.
Whatever your concerns, when you come to see us, our promise is that we care about you as a person, and that we are committed to finding the right outcome to your unique circumstances.
What if it’s Difficult for me to Come to your Premises? Can I get Counselling Online?
Thankfully, we can offer a full Counselling service using a range of online tools including Skype, FaceTime, Zoom, WhatsApp, and so on. The research shows that patients and Counsellors can form a therapeutic relationship that is just as close, and just as productive, as an in-person one. The same goes for all of our patients who see Psychologists, Psychotherapists, and Psychiatrists. Thanks to today’s technology, help can come right into your office or home, at a time that suits you. All of our mental health and well-being professionals offer treatment online.
If I’m Not Sure What I Need, Can You Help me to Decide?
We know that starting therapy can be daunting, so we offer a free fifteen-minute consultation on the phone to anyone interested in exploring the possibility of attending Counselling or another form of therapy. You will speak to one of our Psychotherapists, who will help to guide you to the right treatment and practitioner before booking, if you decide to use our services. Of course, there is no obligation to do so.
Are Similar Services Offered by the NHS?
Yes, the NHS offers a wide range of Counselling, Psychological, and Psychotherapeutic services by highly qualified professionals. However, the waiting list to attend is often very long; people who need help may have to wait for months, or even years, and then the therapies offered to them are likely to be for a set period of time only.
Because we are a private clinic, we have much more flexibility than the NHS. After your initial screening chat with Private Therapy Clinic, we can offer you a first appointment straight away—maybe even the very same day—and your treatment can continue for as long as you need it to.
Just like the professionals who work for the NHS, our expert professionals are highly qualified and skilled in treating issues relating to stress, anger, anxiety, depression, and a wide range of other areas. You can be assured that, whatever is troubling you, you will be treated with the utmost expertise and respect.
How Can I Find a Good Counsellor in London?
If you are based in London and are looking for a counsellor, you may feel overwhelmed by choice and wonder how to select the counsellor or therapist who is right for you. One thing to bear in mind is that many counsellors can offer their services online as well as in person, so a therapist who is flexible in this respect may be a good match for you, giving you the option of continuing therapy even on those days when you cannot make it to their clinic on time. This also means that you do not have to restrict yourself to therapists who work in your immediate area, whether you live in London or, indeed, anywhere else in the UK.
That said, it is obviously extremely important to find someone who can offer you the sort of therapy that you need. Private therapists offer a wide range of approaches, and it may be worth talking to a number of people about the issues that you need help with and the approach that they recommend, before making your choice.
How to Get Counselling in London?
London offers a wide range of counselling and therapy options, so no matter what you need help with, you will be able to find someone with suitable qualifications and an approach that matches your needs. There are lots of different types of therapy and counselling, so it is a good idea to look around and see what is on offer. Depending on the issues that you need help with, your personality, and your circumstances, some options might be a better fit for you than others.
While the NHS offers limited counselling and therapy services all over the UK, wait times can be long, and treatments are generally time-limited. Private therapy offers a wider range of treatment modalities and a great deal more flexibility, often at very affordable prices.
No matter what sort of help you are looking for, you will find plenty of counsellors and therapists in London who have the tools that will make a big difference to your life.
What Sort of Track Record do you Have?
Private Therapy Clinic was founded by Dr. Becky Spelman, who has over 15 years of expertise in mental health. She has personally selected a team of leading professionals in the field, ensuring that Private Therapy Clinic has the experience, knowledge, and training to deal with even the most complex of issues. Our professionals are regularly called upon to act as medico-legal witnesses in a variety of different court cases, and to discuss issues relating to mental health and wellness in the media.
What Should I do Next?
Says Dr. Becky Spelman, Clinical Director at Private Therapy Clinic, “Take advantage of a confidential initial chat with one of our Psychological Practitioners for all difficulties such as anxiety, depression, addictions, self-esteem, anger, trauma, OCD, relationship problems and more”.
You can take the first step towards greater happiness and fulfilment without spending a penny! If you’d like some free impartial advice on whether counselling can help get you past the brick wall that’s currently standing in your way, we offer a free, 15-minute consultation with no obligation to continue.
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National Health Service. (2018, 5ndSept) Retrieved May 7th, 2019 from, https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/counselling/
British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Retrieved May 13th, 2019 from, https://www.bacp.co.uk/about-therapy/what-happens-in-therapy/