FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS COUNSELLING?
Having the capacity to think and feel emotions is part of being human. Sometimes there is scope for the way we think to become a problem or despite our best efforts we can't seem to find solutions for the issues and concerns we have.
Counselling allows people to discuss the problems they encounter in a safe and confidential environment.
People tend to come to counselling when they want to change something in their lives.
For most people counselling alters the way they think and feel which often enhances your life and the way you approach problems you face.
Ultimately counselling helps you understand yourself better through examining the way you think. You will gain a clearer understanding of yourself.
Counselling is a journey that takes time and consistency. At times it can be painful, however when clients reach through this they feel rewarded and energised.
WHAT HAPPENS AT COUNSELLING?
Our role is not to tell you what to do, instead we will encourage you to talk about what is bothering you in order that we can try and work collaboratively to help you understand the root causes of your thinking and identify the specific way you think.
This may involve a plan that we work to or a more flexible approach to the sessions.
Our counselling directly addresses your concerns and therefore it's difficult to give a precise explanation of the approach I will take.
The first thing we do is to sit down and work with you to get a really good understanding of why you wish to come to counselling including:
- What are you seeking through counselling?
- What is your personal situation and history?
- What symptoms, either physical or psychological, are you experiencing?
HOW DOES COUNSELLING HELP?
Counselling is helpful for anyone who wants to explore more what they are thinking and feeling, discuss problems they are encountering and how to possibly resolve them.
Counselling can also focus on some specific areas including bullying, illness, emotional health issues, relationships, trauma. obsessive behaviours, addictions, bereavement.
If we are not able to provide the specific support you need then we will find out who can offer you such a service.
Counselling often takes place at the same time every week over a 50 minute session. For most clients 6-10 sessions is adequate.
WHAT IS A COUNSELLING CONTRACT?
As counsellors we are acting in a professional role with you. After meeting and discussing your concerns you will decide if you wish to go ahead with counselling.
If you do we will both agree boundaries that will help structure our relationship; these will include the times and dates of sessions, the number of sessions, contact out of session, payment, and anything else which is relevant to you.
Anything discussed in our counselling sessions will be confidential, exceptions would include an intention to harm someone.
There is an example of our counselling contract on the site.
WHAT DOES 'YOU ARE A MEMBER OF THE NCS MEAN?
As a member of the National Counselling Society we adhere to strict guidelines and principles. You can get more information by visiting their site
PRIVATE COUNSELLING ...WHAT DOES IT COST?
We believe in being upfront about our costs. These are detailed on the website under the costs section.
We will meet you within 10 days of you contacting us. The first session is an assessment session and is free.
When we have an understanding of the type of counselling you wish to access we will send you our suggested counselling approach, a copy of our contract and the fees you are agreeing to pay.
Most of our clients have been surprised at the affordability of counselling and consider it a valuable investment against the outcomes they have achieved.