FAQ

What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?

In the UK, there is no legally recognised distinction between these terms. Counselling and Psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of Talking Therapies. A usual rule of thumb is that Counselling is short-term treatment that focuses on a specifc area of your life that’s causing difficulties. Psychotherapy usually refers to a deeper exploration of who you are, and what matters to you. Psychotherapists usually have completed Post-Graduate Training. I offer both Counselling and Psychotherapy and can tailor our approach to what works for you.

Counselling offers chance for someone to speak freely about their anxiety
Counselling and Psychotherapy: space to speak freely


What training and qualifications do you have as a Therapist?

Prior to setting up Free to Be Counselling in Preston, I taught within High Schools for almost 2 decades. I’ve also had experience working within the Care and Charity sectors in a range of roles.

I began training as a Counsellor in 2012. I’ve since completed my Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy. I have gained considerable experience counselling clientswithin a range of different Voluntary Services in Preston and surrounding areas. I’ve also worked as a Mental Health and Wellbeing Advisor at a local University and currently combine Freelance Writing and Training on Wellbeing and Mental Health issues with Counselling and Psychotherapy. I’ve learnt a lot about myself and human relationships along the way.

I’ve completed a wide range of further training, including:

  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
  • Working with Domestic Abuse Victims/Survivors
  • Working with Survivors of Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Victims/Survivors
  • Suicide and Self-Harm training
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Gender Variance
  • Online and Telephone Counselling
  • Polyvagal Regulation

More importantly, I’m curious about you and about learning together what matters to you and what you want from your unique life.

Man considers accessing counselling in Preston
I have extensive training that can help you towards embracing greater freedom

What type of counselling do you offer?

I’m a qualified and experienced Integrative Psychotherapist. I’m trained in a wide range of therapeutic methods with a strong Person Centered and Humanistic approach and integrate them into my work. The relationship between us is what holds the different strategies together, so that the approach we take is something we both feel is a good fit for you. Sometimes that might include creative tasks, activities and experiments.

In practice, this means I offer a warm, non-judgemental and compassionate space and relationship that supports you to explore your feelings and your places of pain. You’ll be free to speak about whatever it is that is causing you difficulty. I’ll be working hard to create a space free from judgement where you can explore and make sense of things.

Woman accessing online counselling
Online, telephone and face-to-face options to make therapy accessible

Where does Therapy take place?

I currently offer virtual or telephone Counselling. This has a number of advantages: you can access Therapy from the comfort of your own home and do not need to travel. This also means I can offer Counselling and Psychotherapy to people based anywhere in the UK.

There are some important considerations when accessing Online or Telephone Therapy, such as ensuring you have a private and comfortable space for the duration of the session. We can speak more about this as part of an initial free 25-minute consultation.

I am also looking to offer Face-to-Face Therapy in Preston soon, using a comfortable and private Therapy room. Please get in touch for more details.

Male sitting with head in arms, struggling with anxiety and depression
Life can feel overwhelming

Can I trust you as a Counsellor?

Working with a Therapist can feel daunting and it is natural to have questions about whether the Counsellor can offer an ethical service where you feel safe to be able to open up and speak about places of hurt and pain.

I take my ethical responsibility to you as a client very seriously. In our first session, we will speak about the level of confidentiality I will offer you, as well as the steps I take to ensure safe and ethical practice. As a member of the BACP, I follow guidelines and framworks relating to trustworthy practice, including “Our Commitment to Clients“.

I am fully insured and hold a current and up-to-date enhanced DBS certificate. I am Level 3 Safeguarding trained.

“It isn’t freedom from. It’s freedom to.”

Jean Paul Sartre
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