Counselling from Christina Juliff Accredited MBACP Counsellor Psychotherapist Relationship Counselling Psychodynamic Supervision Counsellor in Burton Joyce Nottingham - every journey begins with a single step


What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

There is much debate as to what the difference is between counselling and psychotherapy.

A wise person said:-

“If you have a problem in your life – you need counselling.
If your life is a problem – go for psychotherapy”.


Counselling – most often a client coming for counselling usually have a specific issue in mind. Counselling is often short term – perhaps six or so sessions. Some people then develop "a taste for the work" and decide to do more work on themselves and their relationships and start psychotherapy as a natural progression from counselling.

Psychotherapy comes from the ancient Greek words psyche, which means "soul" and therapeuein, meaning "to heal". Psychotherapy will allow you to work through childhood issues and trauma. Deeper understanding of how your early relationships and experiences continue to influence and affect you enables you to make positive and lasting change.

What does "Accredited" mean?

I have been a BACP Accredited psychotherapist since 2001. By their own definition, this means "A BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist has demonstrated a commitment to high standards and enable the public to have confidence that the practitioner works ethically and is trained and qualified. BACP Accredited counsellors and psychotherapists have surpassed registration standards and have demonstrated mature competence in counselling/psychotherapy training and practice"

How Many Sessions Will I need?

The amount of sessions needed is unique to each client. It will depend on your needs and goals. With most people, it takes a number of sessions before counselling or therapy starts to make a difference. A regular commitment is required to make best use of therapy. The process of change may feel quite challenging and talking about difficult or painful feelings can make people feel worse initially.

Is everything I say confidential?

Entitlement to confidentiality exists as a part of my "duty of care" to you as your Therapist. However, it is not an absolute right because if I had serious concerns that you would harm yourself or others, I may have to break confidentiality. Should this be the case, I would always speak to you about it first. In extremely rare cases, there may be a legal requirement for me to breach confidentially; I have to say, I have never had this experience in all of my years in private practice.

It is necessary, in order to comply with the BACP Ethical Code, to have supervision on a regular basis. This is to ensure that I work in the best interests of my clients. As such, it is possible that you will be discussed with my Supervisor. However, your identity will not be disclosed.

What Issues Do You Work With?

Since 1987 when I became a counsellor and psychotherapist, I have worked with many people who have a variety of issues, far too many to list here. This has meant that I have gained a vast amount of knowledge, understanding and expertise. It is not uncommon for people to be concerned that they will not be understood or to be concerned about what the therapist may think of them or their problem. I am very comfortable with accepting people as they are and am not easily fazed. However, if you do have worries about things, you could let me know when we have our initial contact by telephone or email.

Will my private health insurance cover the cost?

I am a registered provider for a number of insurers who will support payment for counselling or psychotherapy. It would be best for you to contact your insurer for clarification.