FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is Counselling?

Talking to a counsellor can help you to explore, understand and manage difficult thoughts and feelings. 

It gives you a chance to share your feelings in a safe, non-judgemental and supportive environment.

The counselling process offers you the opportunity to recognise emotional difficulties and assist you in making changes to your thinking and behaviour, helping to enhance your wellbeing.

What type of counselling do you do?

I follow the person-centred approach to counselling. This mode of therapy concentrates very much on the person and uses the therapeutic relationship to help you understand what is happening in your world. I believe you are the expert on your life, therefore you bring to the session what you feel is most important. 

I will work collaboratively with you to build an empathic, non-judgemental and trusting relationship, to help you face difficulties, make changes, or find a way forward, at a pace that is best for you. 

What happens in the first counselling session?

During our first session I will ask you to tell me about why you are coming for counselling and I’ll ask a few questions to enable me to better understand the difficulties you are experiencing and how you cope with these.

How long are the sessions?

Each session is 50 minutes long and sessions are usually booked at regular weekly times. 

What Covid-19 measures do you have in place for face to face counselling?

A full risk assessment has been undertaken in the counselling rooms I use and safeguarding measures have been put in place in accordance with Government guidelines. I can provide you with the full extent of the Covid-19 measures that have been put in place and discuss any concerns you may have. 

How many sessions will I have?

The number of sessions varies from client to client and depends on your individual needs. I offer one-to-one short and long term counselling. 

 

I will periodically undertake a review with you and this is an opportunity for us to discuss how the sessions are going and mutually decide how to proceed, and when appropriate, work towards an ending of therapy.

Is what we discuss confidential?

All information disclosed during our sessions will be treated as confidential in accordance with the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) guidelines. There are a few exceptions to confidentiality, which I will discuss with you during our initial session. 

How much do you charge?

£50 per session payable by BACS or card.

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