Wise are they who have learnt these truths: Trouble is temporary.... Time is tonic.... Tribulation is a test tube....
William Arthur Ward
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Counselling offers you a place to talk about your problems & concerns with a trained therapist in a confidential, non-judgemental space.
Counselling can also offer you time and opportunity for reflection, self exploration and personal development for more click here
Talking to someone totally impartial in a confidential, non-judgemental space can help you feel less isolated and help you see your situation more clearly.
Counselling can be useful for a number of reasons: addressing and resolving specific problems, making decisions, coping with crisis, improving relationships, developmental issues, promoting and developing personal awareness, working with feelings, thoughts, perceptions and internal or external conflict.
Finding the right approach for your situation can be another daunting stage of seeking counselling.
I offer an assessment session where there is no commitment to continue. This initial meeting gives us an opportunity to discuss why you have sought counselling and which approach/s and way of working best suits your need. I work integratively which enables me to adapt the therapy to suit individual need.
Individual sessions are 50 minutes
Couple sessions are 1 hour
Our first meeting is an assessment session where you tell me why you have come for counselling.
This time gives us an opportunity to gain a sense of working together, and gives you a chance to ask any questions you might have.
At the end of the session you can arrange to meet with me again or you may decide to take some time to think about it
During the assessment session you will both be given an opportunity to talk from your own perspective. We will seek to clarify the issues and whether we can all work together.
Further sessions can help you understand each other's experience of the relationship and bring awareness of how you are relating with each other.
I do not take sides but will facilitate the sessions so you both find the way forward. The way forward may be a more positive future for the relationship, or for some couples it may mean accepting and managing the end of your relationship.
In all cases you will be given the opportunity to air differences, hurt and any angry feelings in a safe, impartial, non-judgemental, controlled space.
Once we have decided to work together clients are asked to commit to another 5 sessions.
During the 6th session we will review the work and you can decide whether or not you need to continue.
If you decide to continue we will review at 6 week intervals or agree to continue indefinitely
Generally sessions are offered at the same time and day each week. However I am aware of individual needs such as work committments, therefore I can be flexible. Please bear in mind for counselling to be most effective there must be continuity
Confidentiality is one of the BACP ethical principles embodied in their framework for best practice. As a BACP accredited member I am bound to adhere to this principle.
Therefore yes, the sessions are confidential I will discuss exceptions to this with you
I offer Integrative counselling, which means I work with more than one counselling approach. I combine the Psychodynamic, Person Centred, CBT & Solution focused brief therapy approaches.
Please click here for more information on the counselling I offer and also see counselling & psychotherapy for more information on the approaches mentioned
If you have any other queries please contact me and I will do my best to answer any questions you have.