As you begin to consider counselling, there may be a number of questions that come to mind. Below are a few of the queries that have cropped up with clients and me as we have embarked on the counselling relationship together. If there are further questions not listed here, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
How should I ‘be’ in counselling?
I encourage all my clients to put aside the expectations they may have of how to ‘be’ in counselling. Instead I would ask you to focus on trying to get in touch with who you really are, which often requires honesty, vulnerability and trust.
What should I talk about in counselling?
Often clients come to me wanting to discuss a particular issue or problem in their life. While talking about this problem might be right to begin with, we may explore deeper aspects of your life and character to help you reach lasting change.
How long does counselling last?
Counselling can last as long as you need it to. However, I recommend that clients commit to 10 weekly sessions to give us the opportunity to explore deeper material, build trust and start to implement changes if you desire them.
How do I know I can trust you with my personal matters?
Counselling is a confidential contract, and I will always seek to maintain and build trust into our relationship. The only instance where confidentially could be broken is if I believe your safety or the safety of others is at risk. I would always include you in this process of disclosure.
How much does a session cost?
I charge £35 per 50-minute session, and offer a free consultation at the start of the process.
Am I able to cancel a session?
Yes. I would appreciate as much notice as possible, however if you don’t give at least 48 hours notice, unfortunately you will be charged.
How do I know when I’m ready to end counselling?
It is my aim in all counselling relationships to draw clients to a place of knowing and believing in themselves enough that they can take individual ownership of their life and future. It is at this point that clients are ready to move away from our counselling relationship.