Dena Darling
M.Sc., C.T.A.(P), U.K.C.P. Registered

What's the difference between Psychotherapy and Counselling?

Counselling is generally appropriate for short-term issues, for example if someone has lost their job or if a relationship has ended and they're finding it difficult to come to terms with the situation. Counselling is not so appropriate for long-term issues. Another way of looking at it is that counselling supports the client to use their existing resources more effectively.

Psychotherapy is appropriate for longer-term issues, for example when someone has a repeated pattern of poor relationships or unhealthy behaviour. Psychotherapy explores the client's patterns of behaviour and supports them to develop new resources.

How can I tell if a therapist is properly qualified?

Unfortunately that's very difficult: there is no statutory regulation and neither 'Counsellor' nor 'Psychotherapist' are protected titles. This means that anyone can call themselves a counsellor or a psychotherapist, even if they haven't had any training. There are voluntary registers such as B.A.C.P. and U.K.C.P., and it's always a good idea to ask for details of their training when you first meet a therapist.

How much does therapy cost - it's very expensive isn't it?

Therapy isn't cheap and unfortunately there simply isn't enough provision through the N.H.S. Rates vary a great deal and the fee charged by a therapist is no indication whatsoever of their training or expertise. In East Anglia rates vary between £40 per session and £75 per session, and I have heard of therapists in other areas charging £160 per session. Not only does the per-session charge vary, the length of each session also varies: many therapists work the '50 minute hour', which means that they see cliets for 50 minutes and then have a 10 minute break between clients.

How can I help you?

I am qualified and experienced, and I offer both counselling and psychotherapy: I have a Diploma in Counselling and a Masters Degree in Psychotherapy, and I have 20 years of experience. I offer face-to-face appointments in Felixstowe, and phone or virtual sessions. I am in regular supervision as required by U.K.C.P. (all registered therapists are required to be in supervision). In order to make my services as accessible as possible I have held my fee at the same rate since July 2021: £45 per session (my sessions are 60-65 minutes). This year, in light of the current cost of living crisis, I am still holding my fee at £45 per session.

Some clients would find £45 per session unaffordable, and for those clients I continue to offer a limited number of spaces at the reduced rate of £35 per session (for up to 12 sessions).

I offer a free, informal, introductory meeting (30-45 minutes) so that we can explore what you'd like to get out of therapy, and this is also an opportunity for you to see whether you feel comfortable with me: numerous studies have found that the most important factor for therapy to be successful is the quality of the relationship between the therapist and the client.

For an information pack (which includes details of my training and qualifications) please drop me an
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07787 980281.
There is also a voicemail service on
01394 278887.

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