Counselling offers an opportunity for you to think and talk in confidence about difficulties, experiences, feelings, fears, anxieties and problems that are concerning you. Sometimes, it is helpful to speak to someone (outside of your family and friends) whom will do their best to understand how you think and feel about a circumstance or situation. A counsellor is trained to listen with empathy, and can help you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings you may have.
Nevertheless, it is important to realise that counselling is not something that is ‘done’ to the client, but rather, the therapist can act as a guide to accompany the client on a journey of self-discovery. It is a joint endeavour by both client and therapist and requires commitment from both.
What Happens During the Initial Consultation?
As well as being an opportunity for you to talk about what is troubling you, the initial consultation is also a chance for us to meet each other and find out whether I am the right counsellor for you. It is very important that you choose a counsellor that you feel comfortable with. It is also your opportunity to ask any questions about counselling and how it might help you. Between us, we can then decide if we might work well together and in your best interests.
My policies regarding Client Confidentiality, Fees, Cancellations and Appointment Times will be fully explained and, should we then decide to work together, an agreement would be made as to whether we meet for a fixed number of sessions (time-limited) or on a more open-ended (longer-term) basis. Fees would be agreed upon. We would then meet at a regular time and place, (usually once a week.)
What Can I expect from Counselling?
During your counselling sessions you will be encouraged to express your feelings and emotions freely. By discussing your concerns your counsellor can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes, as well as identifying ways of finding your own solutions to problems. Your counsellor may encourage you to identify issues, and, if appropriate, take personal responsibility for them. Your counsellor will be able to help you recognise the effects of other people and their actions and explore alternative ways of coping with them. It can be a great relief to share your worries and fears with someone who acknowledges your feelings and is able to help you reach a positive solution.
How many sessions will I be offered?
This would be discussed during the initial consultation according to the complexity of your presenting issues. It maybe that a fixed number of sessions are agreed (usually 6 or 12) or open ended (longer term). There would be regular reviews to affirm if you need further sessions or if you are ready to work towards ending therapy.
How long will each session last?
A counselling session is 55 minutes, known as 'the counselling hour'
How much will my counselling cost?
Counselling fees are £40 per session with a reduced fee of £30 for the initial meeting.