Most people have a host of questions they’d like answered before they embark on a course of counselling. Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions. If your question isn’t answered here, please feel free to ask me directly, by contacting me.
1. Is counselling for me?
If you’re not sure about the kind of counselling you want or need, then please do get in touch – I’m very happy to talk through what I think we could achieve, with no obligations.
2. Is counselling confidential?
All the counselling I offer is confidential. It is essential to me that my clients feel completely safe in the counselling environment. Everything said within the counselling session remains strictly private and between you and me. Confidentiality would only be broken if I felt there was a genuine risk of serious harm to either yourself or another person, then I may have to involve a third party. However, this will always be discussed with you first.
3. What if I don’t think we can work together?
It is important that we both think we can work together to achieve your goals. If, for any reason, you don’t want to continue past the first session, then this is absolutely fine.
4. How many sessions should I have?
When will I know that I’ve had enough?
How many sessions you need or want is entirely subjective and depends on what you want to achieve. I offer short courses (six to 12 sessions) which is enough for some people; and longer, ongoing courses – some people feel that regular counselling is beneficial to them long-term. We can discuss how many sessions you feel comfortable with initially, and then extend / change this plan as the sessions develop.