Frequently asked questions for Christian Counselling
What is a Christian Counsellor?

A Christian counsellor is simply a counsellor who can provide professional therapeutic services that is integrated with and underpinned by Christian faith and values.

What is Counselling?

Counselling can be defined as the provision of professional assistance and guidance in resolving personal or psychological problems.

What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?

While both Counselling and Psychotherapy may be of considerable depth and length, the focus of Counselling is more likely to be on specific problems, changes in life adjustments and fostering the client’s well-being. Psychotherapy is more concerned with the restructuring of the personality or self and the development of insight.

What can I expect when seeing a Counsellor/Psychotherapist?

It is always best to contact the Counsellor or Psychotherapist before making an appointment. Discuss your requirements so they can indicate whether they will be able to assist you, and if not, suggest a more appropriate therapist for you. Feel free to ask questions about their training, experience, expertise, style of work, and get an estimate of how many sessions are likely to be required. Also ask about costs of missed sessions or cancellations. Please note that the number of sessions is difficult to predict and some clients opt for an open-ended contract. Some practitioners work on a short term intensive basis so they can be clearer about how many sessions will be required.

Key points about therapy:

*Therapy usually takes place on a one-to-one basis or may be done in group settings.
*The client is able to choose a therapist and therapy style which is best suited to their particular situation.
*A therapist and client will normally sit with one another for an hour to discuss the issues which are presented by the client.
*The therapy process involves a ‘getting to know you’ period just like any new relationship.
*The therapist and client play an equal role in the therapy process. There is no ‘expert’ in a therapy relationship.
*The therapist’s intention is to make the therapy process both safe and supportive.
*Everything that happens in therapy is confidential, except if necessary for your own or another person’s safety is at risk.