FAQs

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What is counselling?

Counselling provides a safe and confidential space where you can talk about and explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours with an empathic, non-judgemental qualified counsellor. This helps you to gain insight into your situation and identify your options, so that you can develop new perspectives and decide on the best course of action for you.

Will my counselling by confidential?

What we talk about in a counselling session is confidential, with the exception of some specified limits. I take your confidentiality seriously and this will be discussed with you at our first meeting.

What is a counselling agreement?

A counselling agreement sets out the terms and conditions for our work together and covers confidentiality, the duration and frequency of sessions, commitment and payment.

How many sessions will I need?

This will depend on the issues you bring and what you are hoping to achieve in counselling, which we’ll discuss at our initial session. The number of sessions really does vary widely according to each client’s need. Some clients find just being able to talk about their problem for a couple of sessions is all they require, whilst others may seek longer term counselling over a number of weeks/months.

Clients often find 5 – 6 sessions allows them to explore and begin to address their problem, and following a review, we may agree to continue working together for a further period or bring the counselling to an end. Whatever the number of sessions we agree on, I ask that we always have a minimum of one session to finish, so that we can review the work and end safely, bringing our counselling relationship to a close.

How do I make an appointment?

Go to the Contact page and either give me a call on the telephone number shown or send me an email using the online form provided.

How does telephone or online counselling work?

I offer counselling on the telephone or using the online video (webcam) platform Zoom. In both cases, it is important for you to participate in your session somewhere private, where you will not be overheard or interrupted; additionally stable telephone or internet connectivity is also a key consideration.

Research has shown telephone and online counselling can be helpful for clients constrained by social distancing requirements, geography, mobility, or time constraints, and provide as good outcomes as face to face counselling. However, the BACP advises online sessions are unlikely to be suitable for clients with moderate to severe mental illness, individuals in acute distress, or those dealing with substance abuse issues.

If you would like to find out more about telephone or online video counselling take a look at my guide “Telephone and Online Counselling” or contact me with any questions you may have.