How many sessions will I need?
There is no set number of sessions that people need. For some, six to eight sessions helps them to work through their issues and for others, they find the ‘me time’ of counselling invaluable and continue much longer. Only you can decide how many sessions are right for you.
What will I talk about for an hour?
Anything you like! For some people, counselling is about addressing a specific issue and once they have talked it through, the sessions end. For others, they come because life feels overwhelming. Once you start to talk, it can often open issues that you were unaware needed to be addressed. Counselling is a powerful therapy and few people have trouble filling the time.
I have heard you often feel worse before you feel better.
For some people, this is true. Counselling helps you to connect with yourself, to explore who you are and to address issues that may have been too painful to confront with friends and family. This can lead to you initially feeling overwhelmed and a little frightened. This is normal and will pass. All sessions will leave time at the end to ensure you feel safe and able to continue back to everyday life.
Who else will you tell about me?
Sessions are confidential and I will not discuss anything you tell me outside of the counselling room. As a counsellor, I am required to attend regular supervision. I may discuss issues raised in the counselling room, but you will not be identified or spoken about personally. There are some legal limits to confidentiality – issues of terrorism and drug trafficking- but I will discuss these with you prior to beginning our sessions.
What is supervision?
Counsellors are required to have regular supervision. It is an opportunity for me to review my work and practice and my personal and professional development. It exists to protect clients as it provides a check and balance for the counsellor, enabling them to reflect on their practice, their thoughts and feelings. Clients are never identified but it provides a space for counsellors to review issues and concerns they may have.
How do I know which therapy is right for me?
There are several different types of therapy available and some will suit you better than others. You can read up on the different types of therapy here:…. but often it is the relationship with the counsellor that will lead to the greatest results.
How do I choose the right therapist?
Go with your instinct. If you don’t feel comfortable with someone, then you are unlikely to trust them enough to open up. You may need to meet several people before finding the right one.
It is possible to practice as a counsellor without any professional qualifications so I would always recommend checking that the person you find is a member of a professional body – for example I am a member of the BACP – www.bacp.com. Also, they should have insurance and be attending regular supervision.