FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What is Counselling/Psychotherapy
    Counselling and psychotherapy are terms that cover a range of talking therapies. The aim of counselling is to provide a safe and confidential environment where people can explore their thoughts, feelings and emotions about themselves and others. Counsellors listen, offer help and support to enhance well-being and bring about effective change if this is required
  2. Shouldn’t I be able to get the support I need from family and friends?
    Although support may be available from a variety of people, including family, friends and work colleagues; it is often helpful to step outside of these relationships and speak to a professional who has no other emotional involvement in our lives.
  3. Will the counsellor tell me what to do?
    No. The aim of counselling is to help people draw on their own strength and resources to find their own solutions in partnership with an objective listener – the counsellor. You won’t be told what to do but the counsellor may offer you help or information eg about relaxation techniques or how to manage anger.
  4. How long will I need to see a counsellor for?
    This depends on the reason for the work. Some people come to focus on one particular issue and this can be short term work of six weeks. Some people wish to engage in longer term work. However, this will be your choice and we will discuss this, decide together and review it regularly.
  5. What can I talk about?
    You can talk about anything that is on your mind. You can discuss talk about any issue that is upsetting or worrying you. No problem is too small. You might find yourself saying things you had not expected to say but that is ok.
  6. Is Counselling for me?
    Counselling is for anyone who feels they need help. That help could be coming to terms with particular issue in your life or learning to manage difficult and upsetting feelings. Please refer to my services page for more information. You do not have to be in crisis to come to counselling.
  7. Should I tell anyone I am seeing a counsellor?
    It is your choice whether you wish to tell anyone you are seeing a counsellor. Counsellors adhere to a Code of Confidentiality so will not disclose to anyone that you have attended a counselling session. If you should see your counsellor outside of the sessions, they will not acknowledge you to ensure continued confidentiality. However, if you wish to acknowledge them, you are welcome to do so.
  8. Can I refer myself to the service?
    Yes. Please contact me and I will be happy to make an appointment or answer any further questions you may have. I will ask you to attend an initial assessment session which lasts up to an hour. Subsequent sessions are for 50 minutes.
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