Amanda Cuthbert Psychotherapist

Your questions

What does psychotherapy involve?

In our work together you will be helped towards a deeper understanding of yourself and your relationships: how it is to be you mentally and physically. This exploration can be painful and some people say they feel worse before they feel better. This is a normal part of the healing process and you will be helped to manage your feelings constructively.

What’s the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

There are no hard and fast differences between counselling and psychotherapy. However, in general, counselling is helpful for shorter, goal-oriented work whilst psychotherapy allows for a deeper personal exploration. Your work will be based on an agreement about what you would like to explore.

How do I know if psychological therapy is right for me?

We start with an initial consultation when your needs are discussed fully.  You will be encouraged to ask questions and we begin the work together by forming an initial plan for the sessions ahead.  If it is clear to you or me at this stage that I am not the best person to help you, I can help with a referral to a more suitable source of support.

How long is a session and how many will I need?

Your sessions are usually held at a regular time each week. The length of time and frequency of our work together will depend on your needs and what emerges from our initial consultation. Both longer and shorter-term work is available.

What about confidentiality?

Our sessions are confidential between you and me. However, there are specific circumstances when, in accordance with my code of ethics, I will extend this agreement. This will be fully discussed with you in our first meeting.

How much will this cost?

The fees involved will be discussed in our first contact.  There is some flexibility depending on your requirements for evening or daytime sessions and limited availability for low-cost sessions.