Vicki Allen Counselling & Psychotherapy Glasgow, Scotland

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to some frequently-asked questions about counselling and therapy, which I hope you find helpful.

What’s the difference between counselling and therapy?

Counselling is short-term treatment that normally deals with one specific aspect of your life that is causing difficulties. Therapy is longer-term, involving a deeper exploration of what makes you tick, and can involve getting curious about who you are, how you spend your time.

Do you offer counselling or therapy?

I offer both. You might see a counsellor to explore something specific you are struggling with, and it awakens a curiosity to venture deeper into your life. Or vice versa - you might start off with a deeper exploration and then decide you want to zone in on one specific aspect. It's up to you.

What kinds of service do you offer?

I offer individual counselling and individual psychotherapy for adults from 16 years to 116 years! A session lasts 50 to 55 minutes, which includes some minutes at the end to review our work together.

Do you offer phone or Skype sessions?

Yes, I can do both. However, for counselling/psychotherapy to work, it is vital that we build a trusting therapeutic relationship. In my experience, face to face work cultivates that relationship more quickly than phone or Skype. Therefore, if phone or Skype would be your preference, I would advocate that we have at least one face to face session to help build our relationship as quickly as possible.

Is my information confidential?

The short answer is yes. I keep client information in a locked cabinet in my house. I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by their ethical framework. This means if a situation arises that involves potential harm, I might want to talk about it with an outside agency. However, if this was to arise, I would rarely do it without my client’s knowledge or consent. The BACP ethical framework also requires that I discuss my work with my clinical supervisor, however, this is done in both a confidential and anonymous way.

What is therapy like?

My approach to therapy is interactive: I talk as well as listen closely. It’s a warm, collaborative exploration. I am a Person-Centred & Experiential Therapist, which means I bring myself - my life experience, as well as my feelings and experiences in the moment. I am present, and listen closely to you, using my ears, my eyes and my intuition.