Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need counselling?
The reality is, we ALL struggle with life problems - and anyone can benefit from counselling! It's not something that's just for people who are having a really tough time or are in crisis. Counselling allows us that precious time to sit, for an hour each week to focus on ourselves.
Is the service confidential?
Counselling is confidential unless you disclose something that implies that either you or someone else is at risk of serious harm or if there is a child protection issue, in which case we will work together to get the necessary help and support.
I have not had counselling before, what can I expect?
Counselling is not something to be scared of; it really is an opportunity for you to change your life. As your counsellor I am here to help you and ensure that you are kept safe, feel comfortable and relaxed with the counselling process.
You are in control of the counselling sessions and together we work at a pace that feels right for you.
Do I have to undertake an assessment before my counselling starts?
I will not give you any assessment forms to complete, our assessment will be purely conversational. This initial assessment conversation will happen on our consultation call.
How many sessions should I have?
There is no definite answer to this question. Counselling doesn’t provide a quick fix so the amount of sessions that you feel you need is going to be completely up to you. These are going to be your sessions so it is about what you feel you would like to get out of them.
How long will I have to wait for an appointment?
Our initial telephone consultation will take place within 3 days of the enquiry. We will then arrange a suitable date and time for your face to face/online appointment
What guidelines do you follow?
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I follow their Ethical Framework.