Nicola Mucklow Psychotherapy MBACP Accred.
Nicola Mucklow Psychotherapy MBACP Accred.

Counselling or Psychotherapy, what is the difference?

Counselling is usually short term help, while Psychotherapy is a longer working relationship in which the therapist may use psychological tools to help the client explore the background to problems that are severe or issues that may have their roots in past experiences such as childhood.


Person Centred Therapy: Person Centred counselling or Client led therapy states that the client is the expert regarding their own issues. Carl Rogers devised this approach during the 1950's & his work promoted the ethos that the human being has an innate tendency to fulfil their full potential. The Counsellor/Psychotherapist uses the conditions of Unconditional Positive Regard, Congruence (or the quality of being genuine in a relationship) & Empathy to foster a therapeutic alliance between Therapist & Client. 


Integrative Therapy: Integrative Therapy or Counselling is when the therapist combines specific elements of different therapies to create a bespoke service for clients. The needs of each individual client are considered as a whole & techniques/approaches are tailored to the client's personal circumstances.


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Initial Assessment Appointment £20 (approx 30-45 mins)


Individuals: £45 for 50 minutes.

Student Counsellors course requirement personal therapy: £35


The Assessment is an opportunity for:

  • You to share the issues that you would like to explore in Counselling.
  • To give me the opportunity to learn something about your personal history.
  • For me to share with you how I work, which will help you to decide if my approach is right for you.
  • For us both to decide if we would like to work together.

It will involve some form-filling, note-taking & general discussion & will normally last around 30-45 minutes.


Assessments are strictly no obligation & afterwards you can book your first full session, go home & think about it, or decide not to proceed.



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