What are the benefits of private counselling?

Like any private healthcare provision, our practice offers immediate access to a quality service in a comfortable environment. Private therapy allows you to choose the frequency and duration of your sessions, and you have choice of the type of therapist you see. Our private service is confidential and discreet.

How do I choose which therapist?

All our therapists are qualified, experienced and members of professional governing bodies. If you have no preference to who you see, we can allocate a therapist depending on mutual availability. However, should you require specific experience or specialism then please read our therapists profile page and choose the therapist most suitable for your requirements.

Will therapy help me?

Talking therapies are an effective treatment for many common mental health problems, promoting positive well-being, coping with complex distress, and personal development including self exploration. During the assessment session the therapist will assess whether therapy is a suitable option for you.

What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

Counselling aims to provide short term support and exploration of specific life events when they arise, such as, relationship breakdowns, bereavement, and redundancy. Counselling usually last for 6 -20 sessions with a specific aim.

Psychotherapy offers a longer term intervention and is usually open ended lasting for many months or years. You and your therapist work together to explore why you think, feel and behave the way you do leading to lifelong change.

Can I bring someone with me?

If your session is for individual counselling you will not be able to bring someone into the therapy with you, however if you are coming for couples or family therapy you will all be seen in the session at the same time. We advise against family and friends waiting in our waiting room whilst you are in sessions due to confidentiality and security reasons. We therefore recommend that if you require the assistance of someone that they meet you at the end of your session.

How long will I need?

This will depend on your requirements and what you want to achieve. Your therapist will not encourage you to stay longer than necessary.

What should I expect when I attend?

When you arrive your therapist will be waiting for you at the reception, and will escort you to your session. Please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible, if you are too early you may not be able to access the building.

Is the service confidential?

Yes - all therapists work to the strict confidentially guidelines of either the BACP or UKCP. There are some occasions when a therapist would be unable to hold the confidentiality of sessions, these being if they suspect that you or someone else may be at risk or if a court of law requests that they do so.

How long do sessions last?

Sessions are usually 50 mins, however sometimes the initial assessment session may take a little longer.

What will be expected from me?

Should you commence counselling, it is expected that you attend regularly and provide 48 hours notice of cancellation. It is expected that you arrive on time, without being under the influence of alcohol or other substance. Should you wish to terminate your sessions, it is expected that you communicate this clearly with your therapist.

In sessions, there is no expectation upon you to prepare or be a certain way, your therapist will guide you to make the most of your sessions.

How do I pay for sessions?

At present, RHCP only accepts payment by cash or cheque (payable to RHCP Ltd).

Do I need to bring anything with me to my first appointment?

Your therapist will just need your contact details, emergency contact details, doctors details and knowledge of any medication you may be taking.