Q. Is Counselling for Me?
If you are undecided about counselling as you have not experienced it before, do not worry. If you come for an assessment you will be able to ask any questions you may have and we will both have the chance to see if we feel comfortable with each other. You will be under no obligation to continue beyond this session.
Q. What if I am not able to open up very easily?
It may feel strange at first to talk about private issues and sometimes it may take a while to open up. Let me assure you that this is quite normal and therapy will always move at your pace. When we are in crisis we all need to feel supported and the relationship between Counsellor and client is above all supportive, non judgemental and respectful.
Q. How many sessions should I have?
There is no set answer to this question, but specific issues such as insomnia, anxiety and phobias can sometimes be addressed within 6 to 10 sessions using CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) if appropriate. Other areas such as depression and bereavement will benefit from a deeper exploration and will probably take longer. For those clients wishing to look at repeating and unhelpful patterns of behaviour or issues from childhood, an open ended approach may be beneficial.
Q. What happens in the first session?
The intial session gives you the opportunity to tell me why you have come and what you hope to achieve. It will also give me the chance to explain how l work and for us both to see if we comfortable with each other.
If you have other questions please do not hesitate to contact me.