What is the difference between Counselling & Psychotherapy?

The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy states that “Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change and/or enhance their wellbeing”. (BACP)

The UKCP also recognises that although “The way psychotherapists and counsellors work can overlap. Both use talking therapy to help someone tackle an emotional difficulty. But the training for each is different.” (UKCP)

Psychotherapists have training in psychodynamic or psychoanalytical theories which would inform their work as a psychotherapist often alongside other theoretical underpinnings which facilitate medium to longer term work. A counsellor may in contrast, often, work with the ‘here and now’ and is usually shorter in duration to psychotherapy.

Who should I work with?

The most important step is getting started and finding the right person to work with. It can take some time to find a therapist who you fully trust, and sometimes you may need to visit a few therapists before you find the right fit - it's OK to shop around. Personalities differ, and the best therapist for someone else may not be the right therapist for you. Which is why we encourage you to look on our therapists’ profile pages for more information about each of our therapists. Once you have decided who you would like to meet for an initial session you can book by filling out our enquiry form or via calling our Booking Manager Louise on 0113 4679673.

No matter which therapist you choose to meet with we would recommend that you ask the practitioner providing the counselling or psychotherapy about their specific terms and their ways of working.

"There are many forms of psychological therapy but Hypnotherapy is distinctive in that it attempts to address the client’s subconscious mind. In practice, the Hypnotherapist often (but not exclusively) requires the client to be in a relaxed state, frequently enlists the power of the client’s own imagination and may utilise a wide range of techniques from story telling, metaphor or symbolism (judged to be meaningful to the individual client) to the use of direct suggestions for beneficial change".

In actual practice, most Hypnotherapists will combine hypnotic procedures with other appropriate counselling and therapeutic techniques. Should there be any doubt about the combination of skills utilised in individual cases, the therapist should be asked directly for a further explanation of their preferred methodology. (GHS)

How does Hypnotherapy work?

What should I expect from an initial session?

During an initial session you will be met by one of our trusted therapists where you will be encouraged to talk though what has brought you to seek therapy. This would also be an ideal moment to ask about the therapist’s way of working and for you to ask any other questions that you might have. Following this session you can decide how you would like to proceed.

Are all your therapist’s qualified and insured?

Yes, all of the therapists working from Evolve have relevant qualifications and are fully insured. They are also all members of a professional body, as a minimum standard, with some also being accredited.

What is accreditation?

Most define accreditation as a status which shows the public that a therapist has met and is maintaining a high level of standards set by an accrediting agency or professional body.

Accreditation for counsellors and psychotherapists is currently a voluntary evaluation process where therapists undergo a rigorous process to prove that they meet the high standard agreed upon by members of an accrediting body. Accreditation assessments may include self-study as well as evaluations by representatives such as supervisors who belong to the same accrediting agency.

How much are sessions?

As all the therapists working from Evolve are self-employed each will have their own pricing structure. Prices currently range from £45 - £105 with some therapists offering discounts to students.

How many sessions should I have?

The number of sessions you have are entirely up to you and should be discussed with your therapist.

How long is a session?

One to one sessions are typically 50 minutes long. Some couple sessions can be up to 90minutes long.

Do you have disability access?

No, unfortunately Evolve does not have disability access, being based on the first floor without lift access. However, many of our therapists also offer online and telephone therapy as an alternative to face to face sessions.

Is there anyone I can speak to if I would like more information before booking
an appointment?

Yes. Our friendly Booking Manager, Louise is always happy to help with any questions that you might have. You can reach her on 0113 4679673

Do you offer therapy to children?

Yes, we have several specifically trained therapists that work with children from as young as 5 years of age. Click here for more information about the therapists who work with children aged 5- 12 and the therapists who work with teenagers Please contact Louise on 0113 4679673 to talk through your requirements and check availability.

I can’t get to Evolve for my appointment, do you offer alternative therapy

Yes, many of the therapists at Evolve offer therapy via telephone or online platforms however, this will need to be agreed with your therapist prior to you being unable to attend a session in person.

Where are you based?

We are based in the centre of Leeds overlooking Park Square on the first floors of 25a and 31 Park Square West. LS1 2PW.

What can therapy help with?

Therapy can help you to develop ways of coping better and overcoming issues you may feel are holding you back, helping you find and develop your personal strengths and identify what is meaningful to you. Here are some of the issues that we can help you with:

  • Addiction, anger management, anxiety, abuse (physical, emotional, sexual),
    assault, anorexia nervosa.

  • Bullying, burn out, bereavement, bi-polar disorder, bulimia, body dysmorphia.

  • Career change, crisis/breakdown, cultural issues.

  • Depression, divorce, difficulty making decisions.

  • Fear, feeling alone/isolated.

  • Grief.

  • Health issues – cancer, HIV, terminal illness.

  • Identity, impotence, infertility.

  • Loss, low self-confidence, loss of meaning, LGBTQ+, lack of motivation/focus.

  • Marriage difficulties.

  • Negative thinking.

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

  • Panic attacks, phobias, psychosis, pornography addiction, PTSD, phobias.

  • Relationship difficulties ( affairs, arguments, jealousy), rape.

  • Self-sabotage, sexuality, sexual abuse, stress, substance misuse, social
    anxiety, suicidal thoughts.

  • Trauma.

  • Work difficulties, work-life imbalance.