There are some misconceptions that therapy is all about exploring your childhood – this is not always the case. However, the therapist realises there is a vital importance around early life but it’s not the whole picture. Individuals bring their past into the present in order to make some sense of their current difficulties and problems. With that said there are differences between counselling and psychotherapy. Have a look at our ‘A Few Words about Counselling’ and ‘A Few Words about Psychotherapy’ FAQ’s for more.
Counselling can focus on a ‘single issue’ for example, bereavement or particular addiction. It could be a work related issue or an issue in a relationship. Counselling can sometimes be time limited where goals maybe set as part of the counselling work.
It is important to discuss during your assessment whether counselling or psychotherapy is for you.
Normally, psychotherapy explores at depth psychological difficulties that are presented in the therapeutic relationship. There is a consistent long term relationship between the therapist and patient which in itself becomes meaningful and can help the patient as part of the psychological work that needs to be done.
All sessions are with highly qualified, experienced therapists who have spent many years working with people experiencing difficulties in their lives.
We do make a charge for all appointments, including initial assessments and our fees are listed on the Fees page.
We are able to discuss adjustments to our standard fees where circumstances dictate that is necessary – the most important thing is for us not to turn away anyone in crisis…we are here to help.
Appointments, Confidentiality, Taking the first Step...
If you feel that counselling or psychotherapy might help you, then contact the Surrey Centre to make an initial assessment appointment. This will be a time for you to talk about your current difficulties and some of the underlying causes.
The Initial Assessment is time to explore what brought you to psychotherapy and what are you looking for in terms of psychotherapy, counselling or analysis. It is a time to think, with the assessor what your issues are and to make a tentative plan moving forward.
All Surrey Centre Sessions are 55 or 50 minutes long.
Having an initial appointment, no way commits you to psychotherapy.