Can I trust you?
Yes you can. I am fully qualified and a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have been practicing for many years now, working with people who are dealing with a range of difficulties caused by all kinds of things. I treat everybody in a non-judgemental way, with dignity and confidentiality. Together we can achieve important wellbeing outcomes.
How confidential is counselling?
I work to a strict Code of Ethics ensuring you of a confidential service. There are a few exceptions; everything you say is kept confidential between us unless there is clear evidence that you or someone else is at severe risk. We will of course discuss this at the introductory session.
How do I know if counselling will help me?
You won't know for certain until you give it a go. There is no typical counselling session. and each person brings individual issues and needs. We will work out together the best place for you to start. I will provide a safe environment in which to explore your issues and work towards your self-improvement. If you prefer to approach your issues in a more practical way, then cognitive behavioural therapy may be a good choice. After the initial introductory session, there is of course no obligation to continue.
How long will I need counselling for?
That will vary. Most people have a minimum of 6 sessions. Sessions may continue up to 10-12 sessions or a person may need more long-term support. It is always flexible and led by you.
What is counselling?
It is a safe, confidential space to talk through events, feelings and thoughts using a structured process. Counselling helps you to gain understanding and clarity on your issues or difficulties, perhaps helping you to find new or different ways to manage and cope. The outcome you are hoping for will be discussed at the first session.
What will you think of me?
Counselling is based on the belief of acceptance and the importance of creating a non-judgemental relationship. You will never be judged, no matter what has happened in your life. It is important that we all have someone to talk to.