Everything You Need To Know About The Liverpool Psychotherapy Practice
The Liverpool Psychotherapy Practice have answered many of the most common questions that people have about counselling and psychotherapy.
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What kinds of people use counselling and psychotherapy?
All kinds of people benefit from counselling and psychotherapy. We all face moments in life where we face struggles that we would like outside help with.
There is no barrier to who can find counselling and psychotherapy useful.
At The Liverpool Psychotherapy Practice we see adult individuals for one-to-one counselling.
How do I know if I need counselling / psychotherapy?
There is no bar you have to reach in order to need therapy. You don’t have to wait until things are in crisis before you seek help. Counselling and psychotherapy is open to all.
If you are already thinking that therapy may be useful to you, then you would likely benefit from outside support.
People have all sorts of reasons for coming to therapy. It can be that you are going through a difficult time, or that you want to change a pattern that you know is getting in your way, or many other reasons.
Counselling and psychotherapy is a useful space to allow you to reflect on life, get the support you need, and change life for the better.
What issues can psychotherapy or counselling help with?
People come for counselling and psychotherapy for a range of issues. They include
- anxiety (generalised anxiety problems, panic attacks, agoraphobia, social anxiety, claustrophobia)
- workplace issues (stress, work-life imbalances)
- relationship issues (breakups, divorce, affairs, loneliness, life adjustments, marital problems, arguments, jealousy, wedding and premarital issues)
- depression (including suicidal thoughts, low mood, social withdrawal)
- low self-esteem and lack of confidence
- obsessive-compulsive disorder
- abuse (including physical, verbal, and sexual abuse)
to name but a few.
What people have in common is that they want support through a tough time and/or they need life to change for the better.
How long does each counselling / psychotherapy session last at The Liverpool Psychotherapy Practice?
Each counselling or psychotherapy session lasts for 55 minutes
How many sessions of psychotherapy or counselling will I need?
This is hard to answer without having talked together first. Some people choose to stay in therapy for a while. Others are more short term. But as a rule of thumb, people typically notice improvements within 8 to 12 sessions.
At that point they decide whether they feel ready to finish therapy, or continue making further progress. Sometimes people will stay in therapy when they improve yet attend less often to maintain progress.
You’ll know when you feel ready to move on and, of course, you can return at any time.
How much does psychotherapy cost at The Liverpool Psychotherapy Practice?
Individual counselling and psychotherapy is £120 per session.
This is more expensive per session than many others, yet we focus on removing trauma rather than just managing it, and we aim to complete the process as quickly as possible without rushing you.
So it can often work out a lot cheaper in the long run.
When trauma is merely managed, people tend to return for more therapy on the same issue. When trauma is removed, it doesn’t return.
How often do I need to attend counselling and psychotherapy sessions?
We will discuss this together each time we meet. We want you to get the counselling and psychotherapy that you need – not more than you need, and not less.
Some prefer to attend weekly. Others feel that fortnightly allows them more space to notice changes and improvements in life. Weekly or fortnightly are the most common choices, especially early on in therapy.
As you improve and things get better in your life, you may begin to leave longer gaps in between counselling sessions.
We will talk this through together at the end of each session to keep this as flexible as possible for you.
How can I book a counselling or psychotherapy session with The Liverpool Psychotherapy Practice?
The simplest and quickest way to book a counselling or psychotherapy session is to check out the online diary, find an available appointment that suits you, and book it there and then. Click here to visit the online diary.
How do I pay for my counselling session?
When you book your counselling or psychotherapy session using the online diary, you will be able to pay as you book. The booking system will ask for your card details so it is nice and easy.
Is it possible to cancel my counselling / psychotherapy appointment?
Yes. You can cancel for any reason whatsoever without being charged, so long as you give at least 48 hours notice of the cancellation.
Cancellations within 48 hours of the appointment are charged for.
Is it possible to reschedule my counselling / psychotherapy appointment?
Yes of course. Again, let me know with at least 48 hours notice and we’ll arrange another date and time that suits you better. We can’t change appointments that are within 48 hours of the appointment time.
Do I need to do anything before my psychotherapy or counselling appointment?
No. Once you’ve booked, just turn up. You’ll be sent a message either by text, WhatsApp or email to let you know all the details such as the address, postcode, when to arrive etc.
You may like to think about how your counselling and psychotherapy might be most useful to you. But it’s not necessary. All you need to do is show up.
What will happen at my first counselling or psychotherapy session?
In your first session, your therapist will tend to explore what you would like to be different as a result of therapy. This is so you both know the direction you’d like to go.
It is also a chance for you to get to know each other. There’ll also be a bit of housekeeping stuff at the beginning of the first session, but that only takes five minutes or so.
If you feel nervous, feel free to tell your therapist. It’s very common to feel a little nervous when you attend for the first time. Your counsellor will help to put you at ease.
Once the session proper begins, counselling and psychotherapy takes the form of a conversation. The aim is that the conversation will be useful to you in improving life.
Will the counsellor tell anyone what I have said?
Your sessions are confidential. This means that you are free to talk about your sessions if you want to. But your counsellor will not. Everything you say will be treated in confidence.
The only possible exceptions to that are ethical ones, such as if you or someone else are in imminent danger. Your counsellor will explain these exceptions to you more fully at your first session.
It is very rare that this needs to happen, and your counsellor would discuss it with you first anyhow.
Those rare instances aside, your sessions are confidential and so your counsellor will not tell anyone what you have said.
Will psychotherapy make me revisit upsetting moments from my past?
Many people worry about this, and some forms of psychotherapy do indeed get you to do that.
The simple answer is that nobody will make you do anything you’re not ready for. If you don’t want to look back then we can use an approach that looks forward and builds the future you want.
If you do want to get to the root of things, then we can do that too. In particular we can use a new discovery in neuroscience to literally erase trauma responses. Its impact is transformational.
It can sometimes be helpful to touch upon experiences you’ve lived through as a way of understanding and changing the present.
But if you don’t want that or don’t feel ready for that, just say so at the start. Your therapy will fit your needs. This is why we use a range of approaches, so we can tailor it to you. It’s your therapy so we will make sure it fits your needs.
How will I know if the counselling is working?
This is a great question. There are two ways that you will know.
First of all, The Liverpool Psychotherapy Practice uses a very quick way to monitor progress from session to session.
It takes literally 10 seconds to do. Yet the research shows that you are two and a half times more likely to get a good outcome from psychotherapy as a result.
Secondly, your counsellor will help you identify what better looks like. The aim is to build milestones so that you spot them as you improve. As these milestones appear for real in your life, you’ll spot that things are changing for the better.
Using both of these techniques, as well as your own sense of whether things are improving, will let us both know that counselling is working for you.
What is the difference between a psychotherapist and a counsellor?
Increasingly, the terms psychotherapist and counsellor are used interchangeably. Here’s one helpful way to think about it. People either come to therapy for support or change. Counselling tends to deal with support work and psychotherapy tends to deal with change work.
You needn’t worry too much. At The Liverpool Psychotherapy Practice, your therapist will be both a counsellor and psychotherapist so will work with you however suits you best.
How will I know if my psychotherapist or counsellor is right for me?
This is a personal matter. A simple answer is that you’ll know if something is off for you. But here are some questions to ask yourself at the end of your first session:
Did I feel heard, respected and understood?
Did I get to talk about the things I wanted to talk about?
Does the counsellor’s approach seem a good fit for me?
What if I don’t like my counsellor or psychotherapist?
If you don’t like your counsellor or psychotherapist it might be a good idea to find someone you click with.
That said, if you initially liked your counsellor but something has happened that has changed that, it is often worth talking about it.
It gives you the chance to state your needs and feelings. When you are heard and things change based on what you have said, that can be a powerful healing experience.
Often, when this happens, the relationship becomes stronger than ever before.
Of course, if your therapist pays no attention, change your therapist.
Will my psychotherapist prescribe medication?
At The Liverpool Psychotherapy Practice we offer talking therapy and imaginal work as the intervention to help things get better for you. We do not prescribe medication.
How do I know that my counsellor is qualified?
Your counsellor / psychotherapist is a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
This means that your counsellor is trained, qualified and has passed a proficiency test. You are in safe hands.
How do I get to The Liverpool Psychotherapy Practice by public transport?
All our sessions are 100% online using Zoom, so you will not need to travel to see us.
Where can I park when I attend The Liverpool Psychotherapy Practice?
All our sessions are 100% online using Zoom, so you will not need to travel to see us.