You may have come to a point in your life where things are too difficult to cope with. Perhaps you've tried speaking to friends and family, but feel no better. Maybe you don't feel able to talk to those around you for fear of being judged or misunderstood. This is where counselling can help.
We understand that making the decision to come for counselling may feel daunting. We've included some information here which will hopefully answer some commonly-asked questions. If you don't find the answers you're looking for here then please feel free to contact us
What is counselling?
Counselling is a safe place to explore your experiences with someone who is not emotionally connected, and therefore impartial, to your situation. This can often make it easier for people to talk about their difficulties.
As much as people might like it to, counselling cannot change your situation. Instead, it aims to empower you to make the changes for yourself. As Counsellors, we are facilitators of change through exploration of your presenting issues; however, the motivation to change has to come from you, the client.
What is counselling not?
As Counsellors, we don't give advice on what we think you should do. We explore the presenting issues in order that you can decide on the next step(s) you wish to take. We don't make medical or mental health diagnoses, and would recommend you seek advice from your GP in such situations.
How will you work with me?
We believe that the client is the expert of their own experience. We'll work with you to try and understand your issues from your perspective, without judgement. We may use different therapeutic approaches if we feel these would be an effective way of exploring your presenting issues.
What will we work on in sessions?
Much of this is guided by you. People come to counselling for a variety of reasons. They may have suffered a bereavement, or be having difficulties at work. They could be going through relationship issues, or experienced a traumatic event. This is why we recommend attending for an initial consultation before starting counselling.
What’s an initial consultation?
It's important that both yourself and your Counsellor feel you can work together. The initial consultation is your opportunity to discuss what you'd like to explore in counselling sessions. It's the chance to see whether yourself and your Counsellor are a good "fit" for one another. You can book an initial consultation by going to the contact us page.
How long does each counselling session last?
Each counselling session lasts for 50 minutes. This is so the Counsellor has time to write their notes in-between and prepare for the next session. Each session will take place on a mutually agreed day and time.
How many sessions will I be offered?
We're able to offer both short and long-term counselling. The duration may depend upon the issues you wish to address. Throughout our work, we'll review how you feel sessions are progressing and agree with you as to whether further sessions are appropriate.
What’s your availability?
We have availability to see clients for both evening and weekend appointments. Please contact us to discuss your individual requirements.
Are sessions confidential?
Any information that you discuss may only be shared outside of the sessions in exceptional circumstances. If you disclose that you, or someone known to you, may be at risk of harm then confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. Therefore, this information may need to be shared with a third party. Any disclosures of illegal activities by yourself, or someone you know, will need to be shared with the appropriate agencies.
To maintain ethical practice we attend monthly counselling supervision. Information relating to your sessions may be shared with our supervisors to support us with our practice. These supervision sessions are confidential, within certain limits (see above).