Rachel Grayson MSc CTA UKCP Registered PgDip Counselling & Psychotherapy for Chichester

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Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between psychotherapy and counselling?
Counselling can offer a variety of support from someone in crisis, and/or someone wishing to address a specific behaviours. Relational Psychotherapy, working longer term can also help with these issues, but typically it addresses and explores unconscious patters of relating. For example, we could work together to explore how your childhood impacts the decisions you make now? For further information click here.

What happens in the first session?
In the first session we can decide amongst other things, whether we can work together...Will this be a good enough relationship? I will also be interested in what brings you to my practice,I am interested in your story. I may also ask you to help me complete a short questionnaire, and I may take some notes on what you tell me during our session. I hope after this initial stage we be able to form an idea about what you need from our work together.

How long shall I have sessions for?
This is a good question! You may feel you know exactly what you want at the start of our work together and reach that goal, or typically, you may want to engage in more 'exploratory' work. Either way, although our work is a collaborative process, you are free to stay until you feel your work is done, or to pause our work together sooner, if you want to. You are in control.

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