Answers to your counselling or psychotherapy questions

It’s likely you’ll have some questions about counselling or psychotherapy in general or some questions about your own journey with us.

To help you, we’ve put together a list of some common questions we get asked, with answers from our counsellors, to give you some more information so you can feel at ease before you start your own sessions with us. If there’s anything else you’d like to know, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

How do I know if I need counselling or psychotherapy?

Counselling or psychotherapy can help you to overcome any emotional issues or challenges you’re facing. But it can also help you understand why you feel a certain way as well as give you the chance to change toxic or old habits or help you start a process of self-development.

You might decide by yourself that counselling or psychotherapy may be a good way forward for you or you might be encouraged to start counselling by friends, family or your doctor.

Who can have counselling and psychotherapy?

All Devon Therapy Services counselling and psychotherapy sessions are open and available to everyone – you’re welcome regardless of religion, gender, age, or sexual orientation. And counselling and psychotherapy don’t have to be limited to single people – it can be hugely beneficial for couples, children, or young adults.

What issues can counselling or psychotherapy help me with?

Different people seek counselling or psychotherapy for many different reasons. Just some of the most common issues people face are:

  • Anxiety (general anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks)
  • Life or workplace issues (stress, anger, relationship issues)
  • Fears and phobias
  • Bereavement (grief, loss, and mourning)
  • Abuse (verbal, sexual, physical)
  • Disorders (eating, personality, OCD)
  • Depression (grief, low- mood, low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts)
  • Trauma (including PTSD from major continued or single incidents)
  • Addiction (drinking, smoking, gambling, substances)
Are my counselling and psychotherapy sessions private?

Yes. Every counselling and psychotherapy session is private and confidential whether it’s a face-to-face, telephone, or online session. Every session aims to provide a safe, relaxed, and non-judgmental environment where you’re free to talk freely and openly.

What will happen in my sessions?

There’s no standard counselling or psychotherapy session as each one will be unique to you and the issues you’re facing. You’re free to talk about anything you like and each session will be led by your chosen counsellor who is trained to listen objectively and be empathetic and caring, ensuring you don’t feel alone or abandoned.

How do I start my counselling or psychotherapy?

Recognising you want to start a course of counselling sessions is an important and big first step. To get started, just contact us and we can talk through what you need, match you with the right counsellor for your needs, and arrange your intro session.

How many sessions will I need?

This depends on your issues and the professional opinion of your counsellor, but this can be reviewed to see if you need more sessions going forward. It’s important to remember that you might not need all of your sessions if you feel you’re making good progress. Alternatively, other issues may arise during your sessions that you want to explore further.

How will counselling or psychotherapy help me?

By talking to a neutral and impartial counsellor, your sessions can be a useful and effective way to help you make sense of difficult life events or situations. Other ways it can help you can include:

  • Giving you a reliable and confidential relationship with a skilled listener to help process complicated thoughts and feelings
  • Giving you support during difficult times to help you feel less alone and more able to cope
  • Giving you a better understanding of yourself as well as more clarity on how you feel and what you do and don’t need in your life
  • Helping you to challenge and overcome any unhelpful patterns, habits, thoughts, or behaviours for better mental health
  • Offering you a chance to communicate freely, openly, and honestly which can help you in your sessions and in real life

Who we are

With a fully-qualified team, Devon Therapy Services offer a range of counselling and psychotherapy in Exeter and Torquay.

James Holloway

James has over 10 years of experience in personal counselling and psychotherapy. Starting in student counselling, he moved into staff counselling for the NHS and now runs two private practices, working with a range of clients.

Priscilla Mgute
MBACP, BSc Mental Health Nursing, Psychotherapist

With a background in mental health work and education, Priscilla qualified with a BSc degree in Mental Health Nursing in 2017 and worked for the NHS as a mental health nurse before her private counselling work.

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