Frequently Asked Questions
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The benefits of private therapy?
Private healthcare provides you with a quality service in a comfortable environment, often with quicker access than you would receive in statutory services. 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 within the limits of our confidentiality policy.
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 suited to your requirements.
For those who simply do not know what type of therapy or therapist is right for them, we will complete an initial consultation and make recommendations for you concerning the type of therapy, and length of treatment.
Will therapy help me?
Talking therapies are an effective treatment for many common mental health problems, promoting positive well-being, coping with distressing life events, and as a tool for personal development. During the assessment session the therapist will assess whether therapy is a suitable option for you and will inform you if they think otherwise.
For therapy to help, you must be motivated to attend, and want to make changes to your life or ways of thinking. If you access therapy because someone else wants you to it may not help.
Difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
The terms Counselling & Psychotherapy are often used interchangeably within the field of talking therapies, however generally the following applies:
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.
Difference between RHCP Ltd Therapist and Associate Therapist?
An RHCP Therapist is a therapist who is an employee of the Rutland House Counselling & Psychotherapy Ltd company. An Associate Therapist is an independent self-employed therapist who operates within the branding of the RHCP company. RHCP actively promotes Associate Therapists who bring a diverse range of services and flexibility to the practice. All our Associates have evidenced training, insurance, professional membership and are DBS checked.
Can I bring someone in my session 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.
How long will I need to be in therapy?
This will depend on your requirements and what you want to achieve. Your therapist will not encourage you to stay longer than necessary.
Is the service confidential?
Yes – all therapists work to the strict confidentiality 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 of harm, or if a court of law requests that they do so.
How long do sessions last?
Sessions are usually 50 minutes, however the initial assessment session is 45 minutes.
What to bring to your first appointment?
Your therapist will just need your contact details, emergency contact details, GP details and knowledge of any medication you may be taking.