Monday, 27 February 2012

3 ways to make changes...

Face to Face Appointment

Arrange a meeting at the discrete, private and comfortable clinic in Roundhay, Leeds.  Payment is accepted in cash or by cheque.  Call Gill on 07970 126670 or email 

Telephone Appointment  07970 126670

Arrange a time to talk on the phone with a therapist, without the constraints of attending a fixed venue. Clients must take responsibility for the costs of the call and contacting the therapist at the agreed time.  Payment in advance is required and can be made via various transfer and payment methods.

Email Conversation

Initially, contact me to agree to work together and arrange payment.  Write up to a page about the challenges you currently face and ask questions.  You will receive a response within 48 hours.

Clinical Psychologist and Trainee Transactional Analyst with Psychotherapy speciality.  

We do not offer 'Pull Yourself Together' therapy!

Successful counselling or therapy relies on a therapeutic relationship (i.e. a helping, therapeutic or working alliance) between the professional and the client.  This therapeutic alliance is a collaborative agreement to work together to achieve the same thing:  the client's goals, so that the client feels some form of 'cure' or relief from the previous distress, such as feeling happier, more relaxed or more healthy. 

A counsellor never gives advice like this:
  • I'd leave him/her if I was you!
  • I'll tell you what you need! ....
A therapist supports you to make your own decisions.

A psychologist will never make a moral decision about what you should do.  Some people find this unusual, because they have come for some help, and it can seem that the professional does not want to give it.  In a truly therapeutic relationship, you are encouraged to get to the conclusion yourself, so that you are not embarassed, shamed or humiliated by someone just telling you the answer.  

A counsellor may sum up to check that they understand all you have been saying, and guide you to move on and form a plan of action.

A therapist might encourage you to examine how others have successfully dealt with common problems, and encourage you to think about the options you can come up with for yourself. 

Do I need Counselling or Psychotherapy?

The words 'Counselling' and 'Psychotherapy' are often used interchangeably and overlap in a number of ways.  Professionals trained in this area will agree that Counsellors, Psychotherapists and Clinical Psychologists are people who are trained:
  • to listen to people and give them advice about their problems
  • to provide treatment of emotional or psychological distress by discussing with the sufferer the problems which caused the distress, instead of using drugs
Counselling, in specific situations, is offered as part of the psychotherapy process; whereas a counsellor may work with clients in a psychotherapeutic manner.

It is much more useful if you think about whether the information you have about the professional tells you if this is someone you want to work with or not.  This may mean meeting the professional first, which is why several professionals offer a reduced price consultation session.   

On this website, counsellor, therapist, psychologist, psychotherapist, clinical psychologist and various other terms are used interchangeably.