|You may have many questions regarding counselling and that is perfectly understandable. The following are commonly asked questions. If the answer isn't here, please feel free to contact me and I will do my best to answer you as quickly as possible.|
What issues can I bring to counselling?
People come to counselling for many different reasons.You are free to bring whatever is bothering you. Some more common problems I have experience with are:
Anxiety, Stress, Panic- attacks, Relational problems, Divorce and Separation, Work related issues, Eating problems, Domestic violence, sexual abuse,Self-harm, feelings of low mood and depression issues around sexuality.
What happens in an initial assessment?
I offer an initial assessment which is a 50 minute session. It offers you the opportunity to meet with me face to face, to find out if you are comfortable with my approach and with me. It is important for you to decide if we are able to work together. It gives you an opportunity to ask any questions you have about my approach and to help you to decide if I am the right counsellor for you. I will be able to tell you how I can help you and answer any queries you may have on a more personal level.
How many sessions will I have?
The number of sessions you have will be decided by you. Some clients feel they just need a short number of sessions 4 - 8 sessions, whilst others feel they need longer. There will be review opportunities during the therapy process to check how you feel the sessions are progressing and to make sure you are getting what you need from the process.
Will the therapy be confidential?
Trust is a big part of therapy, and as such what you tell me wouldn't normally be shared with anyone else.
There are a few exceptions to this which include the disclosure of any human trafficking, drug trafficking or acts of terrorism. I may have to keep you safe and break confidentiality If you report to me that you have a seriousl intent to harm yourself or someone else.
In order that you are happy with the level of confidentiality I can offer, I would discuss this with you in greater detail in our initial assessment.
What information will I have to share with you?
You only have to share what you want to with me. These are your sessions and I want you to feel safe. You can stop the session at any time.
Pleae check my section for Children and Young People as some of the information may differ.