Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is counselling?
A. Counselling offers you a safe, confidential place to talk about your life and anything that may seem confusing, painful or uncomfortable. It allows you to talk with someone who is trained to listen attentively and to help you improve things.
Q. Can counselling help me?
A. I can help you explore what is troubling you or causing distress. My clients come to me because they want professional and empathic support and help. I will listen and support you for as long as you need to start feeling better. I will help you explore your problems from a new perspective and assist you to find empowering solutions.
Q. How many sessions will I need?
A. This will depend on individual circumstances but from my experience you will probably need more frequent meetings to begin with, typically once a week for instance. The total length of a course of therapy once again depends on an individual’s needs and situation. Some problems can be solved in under 6 sessions but some may take many more and over a longer period of time.
Q. How long does each session take?
A. Each counselling session lasts 50 minutes.
Q. Can I trust you?
A. Absolutely! I am trained to a very high level and am an individually registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) as well as an accredited member of the National Counselling Society. I am strictly bound by the stringent rules of both societies and by professional ethical frameworks and procedures.
Q. Does therapy & counselling work for everyone?
A. One of the strengths of therapy & counselling is that it can mean different things for different people. In my experience the safe and trusting environment has allowed my clients to work through their problems and come to a sense of understanding.
I feel I have made a positive difference to the many people I have seen. Recent studies from the International Centre for Clinical Excellence demonstrated that 80% of those in therapy or counselling had a better outcome than those who did not seek help.
Q. Who is counselling for?
A. The simple answer is that counselling & psychotherapy is for everyone! At some time in our lives we all need someone to talk to. By talking to me you will be able to discuss your problems with someone who is non-judgemental and provides a completely confidential service.