What is counselling?
Clients come to counselling because they no longer want to feel the way they have been feeling - they want to make a change. It might be that you are facing a difficult time in your life, feeling overwhelmed by emotions so that you can't see a way forward or that you have recognised a pattern in your behaviour that you would like to change.
I believe that every one of us has the resources and abilities within ourselves to reach our full potential and by discovering and understanding our own strengths, our issues and our options can become a lot clearer to us and we have a better chance of moving forward.
How can counselling help me?
Counselling can provide a safe place in which to talk in confidence about your concerns, worries and events in your life. It can be helpful to focus on the areas of difficulty with someone who will not judge or criticise you but will hear and support you throughout.
How long is a counselling session?
Each counselling session lasts 50 minutes. Even if a session starts late, it would still need to end after 50 minutes.
How often are the sessions?
Sessions are usually weekly, but this can vary and we will discuss this at the first introductory session.
How many sessions will I need?
This can vary. You are in control of how many sessions you feel you need. I would suggest we think of 6 sessions initially, but for some people a few sessions may be all they need, while others may require longer therapy.
What about confidentiality?
Confidentiality is very important in the counselling relationship. Everything we discuss will be held in the strictest confidence unless there is reason for concern for either yourself or others. I work within the Ethical Framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I adhere to the Data Protection Act principles and I hold an Enhanced DBS certificate.