What is Counselling & Psychotherapy?
Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms which cover a range of talking therapies. In very general terms, whilst there are large areas of overlap between the two, counselling usually refers to shorter-term support for those who are dealing with a particular difficulty, whereas psychotherapy refers to longer-term, deeper psychological work around difficulties that may be long-standing and not linked to any particular event. ‘Therapist’ is a term used to refer to counsellors and psychotherapists.
Both take place when a therapist sees a client in a private and confidential setting to explore a difficulty that they may be facing, distress that they may be experiencing or a general sense of dissatisfaction, loss of direction or purpose in life. Therapists do not judge, give advice or direct their clients to take a particular course of action. Their role is to help the client, in a safe environment, to explore issues and through the use of therapeutic principles, structure and techniques, to find direction or purpose in their life, to overcome difficulties, to create change, to enhance emotional and mental wellbeing and to treat psychological problems. The motivation to undertake counselling or psychotherapy must therefore always come from the client.
SAF is staffed by a volunteer team of professionally trained and widely experienced therapists. The team also support therapists in training who have placements at the centre. Each therapist, whether fully qualified or in training, is supervised in accordance with BACP guidelines. The style of counselling and therapy used at SAF is integrative. We draw on the experience of therapists trained in different models of therapy, including transactional analysis, psychodynamic, person-centred, transpersonal and cognitive behavioural approaches, to offer clients different ways of looking at their issues. Every client is unique, so the use of the integrative approach enables the therapist to select insights and ideas from different models most fitting to the needs of each individual client.
The first meeting at SAF is an introduction to the service that we offer, where an initial assessment to determine if the service provided by us is right for the client. If it is, we will then arrange a first appointment for the client with a therapist.
Thereafter, the client can expect to see the same therapist each week, at a regular time, for 50 minutes. Appointments are available at various times throughout the week depending on availability of our team. Initially, 6 sessions are offered to the client but fewer or more sessions may be agreed between the client and the therapist.
SAF does not charge fees but as a charity we do ask that each client contribute a donation to each session to enable us to continue offering this service in their local community.
SAF is an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adheres to its ethical framework. To find out more about what this means, please click on the link. http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/