Frequently asked questions
Initial consultations are also an opportunity for you to get to know the clinician and ask any questions you might have, either about the process of therapy, the clinician or about your self.
Ultimately an initial consultation is a two way assessment, where both you and the therapist will not only be trying to reach a shared understanding about what would be your goals for therapy, but also about whether you two can work well together. Having a good working relationship with your clinician is a very important part of therapy.
Sometimes it only takes one consultation to achieve a shared understanding of the aims of therapy and to determine whether you and the clinician feel able to work well together. Sometimes this is a process in itself and some people need a period of consultations before reaching a decision about the best way forward.
Making the decision to seek therapy is a big step in taking care of yourself and/or your family. Most people that go to therapy are everyday people with everyday issues that have decided to be proactive about improving their life. There are many different reasons that might take you to consider seeking a therapeutic space, like depression, anxiety disorders, family problems, parenting issues, self-esteem, dependency issues, life purpose and sexuality, just to name a few!
For further information please read our blog on Why to seek therapy now.
In psychotherapy the relationship with the therapist is an important element in the therapy. The therapist offers a confidential and private setting which facilitates a process where unconscious patterns of the patient’s inner world become reflected in the patient’s relationship with the therapist (transference). This process helps patients gradually to identify these patterns and, in becoming conscious of them, to develop the capacity to understand and change them.
Sometimes people seek help for specific reasons such as eating disorders, psycho-somatic conditions, obsessional behaviour, or phobic anxieties. At other times help is sought because of more general underlying feelings of depression or anxiety, difficulties in concentrating, dissatisfaction in work or inability to form satisfactory relationships. It may benefit adults, children, and adolescents. It can help children who have emotional and behavioural difficulties which are evident at home or school. These can include personality problems, depression, learning difficulties, school phobias, eating or sleeping disorders.
In brief, counselling tends to focus more on the behaviours, choices, actions, emotions and challenges at the present time. Whilst psychotherapy also focuses on the present, it also seeks to understand your past experiences and how these have come to impact your current experiences and ways of feeling.
Another commonly thought difference is that counselling is generally thought of as a short to medium term process. Although there are models for brief psychotherapy, psychotherapy can also be a longer term process when both the patient and the therapist agree that this is helpful.
In reality, both counsellors and psychotherapists may work in comparable ways. At Jigsaw therapy we have both counsellors and psychotherapist from diverse and rigorous trainings.
- Suspected child abuse, dependent abuse, or elder abuse.
- Client is threatening serious physical harm to another person.
- Client intends to harm him/herself.
Occasionally, an initial consultation can highlight other issues which need to be considered prior to therapy taking place or signpost to other organisations which may be better placed to support current concerns. Otherwise, often there will then be a joint agreement to go ahead with the therapeutic process. Your experience is always considered along the process and whilst being in therapy may stir up sometimes unexpected and unanticipated emotions, individuals usually find that therapy is a helpful and worthwhile process. You are invited to consider our testimonials, written by individuals who have completed therapy.
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“The ego is not master in its own house.”
― Sigmund Freud
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