Ray Bruce Counselling and Psychotherapy for Couples and Individuals
Barnstaple, North Devon

FAQ & Links. BACPLOGO2

What is the BACP Register
The BACP Register is the first psychological therapists’ register to be accredited under a new scheme by the Department of Health and administered by an independent body, accountable to Parliament.
The scheme means that members of the public can now choose a counsellor or psychotherapist that belongs to a register approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.


What is therapy?
Therapy offers you a safe, confidential place to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable. It allows you to talk with someone who is trained to listen attentively and to help you improve things.

How will therapy make me feel?
Therapy is a very personal process. Sometimes it is necessary to talk about painful feelings or difficult decisions, so you may go through a period of feeling worse than when you started. However, therapy should enable you to feel better in the long-run.

If you do experience a period of feeling worse, talk to your therapist about it to ensure you get the best out of your therapy.

Will I feel better straight away?
Usually it will take a number of sessions before therapy starts to make a difference. However on rare occasions, a single session may be enough.

Does it work for everybody?
Therapy doesn’t work for everybody. It is not a universal cure-all. Because you may be talking about very personal and often painful things, it can sometimes be difficult to keep going. Despite this, it is often worth the effort as you can be helped to work through problems.

Is all therapy the same?
No. There are different methods and approaches to therapy, and your chosen therapist will be able to talk to you about their particular method or approach.

How long does it take?
Therapy can be just a few sessions and sometimes even one session may be enough. It may continue over several weeks or months. This depends on your individual situation. Your chosen therapist should discuss this with you before and during your course of therapy.

How long is a session?
Sessions will usually last fifty minutes to one hour. This can be adapted to your needs and should be discussed with your chosen therapist.

How often will I see my therapist?
Many people see their therapist once a week, but the frequency can vary according to your need and the type of therapy being offered.

Before you begin therapy, make sure you ask your therapist about the process they are choosing to follow, so that you know what the plan is from the start.


Links

click here go to BACP Website
click here go to Focusing Institute
click here go to BFTA
click here go to Counselling Directory
click here go to BACP Register


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