What is Counselling?

Counselling offers a confidential time and space to talk about the worries, issues or concerns. There are many reasons that a person may choose to see a counsellor, each specific and individual to the client.

 

What happens in a counselling session?

Sessions are usually weekly at a set time/day, giving us a consistent time to talk, think and reflect. Some clients like to use the sessions purely for talking, others might also use creative methods, such as writing drawing etc to explore.  

At the initial session, we'll talk a bit about practicalities such as timing, confidentiality etc, discuss the issues that are bringing you into counselling, and agree how we're going to proceed.

 

Is counselling confidential?

Counselling is strictly private and confidential. No information is shared with others, unless in exceptional circumstances, such as a child being at risk, or someone being in significant danger of being hurt or harmed. Confidentiality and these exceptions will be fully discussed and agreed with the client at the initial session.

 

How long should I have counselling for?

Depending on the client's needs, I offer short term (usually around 6-12 sessions) and open ended counselling. In the initial session we will tentatively agree how many sessions you would like to have. Progress is reviewed regularly throughout the counselling, allowing us to see where we are in the therapeutic process, and to review whether your goals have changed or developed through the work.

The decision about whether to continue or end the counselling is always with the client.