Jonathan Lake

Counselling & psychotherapy
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Counselling and Psychotherapy

Jonathan offers private counselling and psychotherapy from 50 per session. Please see About Jonathan for more information about his approach.

What can you expect from Counselling and Psychotherapy?

What are Counselling and Psychotherapy?

These are services designed to help people who wish to make changes in their lives by offering 'talking treatment'. However, specific advice is not given.

There is no agreed definition for either 'counselling' or 'psychotherapy', and, in practice, they tend to overlap. Counselling may focus on a particular issue or life transition, such as substance abuse or bereavement.  Psychotherapy may focus on deeper changes in someone's personality, the way they relate to themselves and to others. Whereas counselling may be more problem-focused, many people engage in psychotherapy to discover more about themselves and to live life in a more rewarding way.

How could a therapist help me?

You should expect one or a series of confidential, professional appointments of up to an hour in length in a suitable private setting. 

What are the key elements of this process?

  • Service provided when you wish to make changes in your life
  • An opportunity to make sense of your individual circumstances
  • Contact with a therapist who helps identify the choices for change
  • Support for the individual during their process of change
  • The end result leaving you better equipped to cope for the future

Do I have to lie on a couch?

There are many different ways of undertaking therapy but most modern therapists don't use a 'shrink's couch'.

How do I start therapy or counselling?

The easiest way to organise an initial session with Jonathan is to send an e-mail or ring the mobile number under contact.  Leave a message stating when the best times for sessions are for you, and which is your nearest office. Both forms of communications are completely confidential and you will receive a reply as soon as possible.

Choosing a counsellor or therapist can be difficult and often your instincts can be indicative of what might be right for you. Even reaching this stage of research can be a very big step and it is important to recognise that you are putting effort into helping yourself. There may be someone who is more appropriate for your needs, or perhaps you would prefer a female counsellor or someone from a particular background. Please still feel free to contact Jonathan as he may be able to refer you to someone else who would suit you.

How many sessions will I need?

Sessions are 50 minutes long and are usually once a week though some might find two sessions a week more suitable and helpful for their needs. Depending on presenting issues, short term therapy may be appropriate or longer term therapy may be more beneficial. This can be discussed and options gone through in the initial assessment session.

Is therapy confidential?

Therapy is confidential. Notes will be taken after the session to assure thorough understanding and comprehension of presenting issues but these are kept in a locked cabinet. Cases will be taken to a fully qualified supervisor to ensure that the client is gaining the best understanding and practice. This will be the only other person apart from the therapist who knows about your personal situation.

You can choose to talk about any therapy or counselling you are having with your doctor, but this is entirely up to you.

By law, any information regarding terrorism or potential terrorist acts has to be disclosed under The Prevention of Terrorism Act (1996).

How do therapists work then?

Therapists usually work face-to-face, employing a range of techniques to suit your circumstances. Sessions are held in a private face-to-face setting for a period of 50 minutes, usually on a weekly basis. Couples counselling may be negotiated for a longer period. Training and core skills are used to help understand the client and help the client's own awareness of themselves and their situation. Different techniques can be applied depending on the client's own individual needs but the general idea is that a safe, understanding, objective and empathetic environment is provided for the client to feel comfortable enough to talk through their concerns and be supported. However, with the advent of the Internet some therapists may use a mixture of telephone, email and video conferencing. 

Why are there different approaches?

Different therapies have different styles. For instance, in cognitive behavioural and sex therapy there will be 'homework' to do. In bereavement therapy, there would be a lot of emphasis on supporting you through some difficult emotions. A psychodynamic counsellor would look at your past while another type of therapist might focus solely on your life in the present-day. Some therapies concentrate on the future.

How do they work?

Many approaches regard your developing relationship with the therapist as a kind of model which may reveal the patterns of behaviour that cause you problems. Others look at your family relationships and who wielded the power in your house when you were growing up. Others focus on your thinking style and changes in behaviour. There are big distinctions between therapy where you do most of the talking and those which involve much more of a dialogue. But don't worry, whichever approach is adopted you should be able to make the changes you are looking for. The first appointment, sometimes called an assessment session, is an opportunity to explore issues that could affect the relationship between you and the counsellor/psychotherapist as well as your personal needs for counselling

Will I get hooked on therapy?

The goal of any talking treatment is your increased self-awareness, skill acquisition and independence. During therapy, you may develop some feelings of reliance upon the therapist. Although a normal reaction it can, at times, feel worrying. But a professional therapist knows exactly how to handle these feelings and is genuinely interested in helping you make progress.

Where can I find out more?

For further information please feel free to contact Jonathan.