Common Questions

 

What is Counselling and Psychotherapy?

Counselling and Psychotherapy are ‘talking therapies’ that can help you to focus on emotional and behavioural issues and aims to help you understand how you feel, what you think and how you may want to change what you are experiencing.

Therapy offers an opportunity to be properly heard and to be able to think about and work through any issues at your own pace without the pressure of feeling judged or misunderstood. The ultimate aim is to help you reach a greater understanding of what you are experiencing and help you to find ways to improve your situation, resulting in an increased sense of control.

 

Sessions are once a week for 50 minutes to begin with and I offer both short-term counselling and longer-term support.

How Can Therapy Help?

People experience thoughts, feelings and emotions in a completely individual way and so our reaction and behaviour to different life experiences are unique and very personal to each of us.

 

Occasionally there are times in our lives when things feel overwhelming and we need someone to talk to who is not a partner, relative or friend. Sometimes it may feel like things aren’t progressing in your life, you may feel stuck or frustrated with the way you feel or you find it difficult to share your thoughts and feelings honestly for fear of how others may react.

 

Talking about your experiences can be difficult and sometimes painful, but by exploring things together, I can help you focus on what is important and support you to greater understanding, so that the decisions you make feel right for you. It can take a little while to begin to unravel your thoughts and emotions but we will regularly review progress and I can tailor the sessions to your specific requirements.

How will I know if counselling is for me?

I always offer an initial session, which is a chance for us to meet and an opportunity for you to make a decision about whether you feel you would like to work with me. It is important that you feel comfortable and safe enough to explore the things you would like to look at.

 

What happens at the ‘Initial Session’?

I will begin by introducing myself. I will explain a little about the way that I work and take some basic details. Then, I will invite you to talk about why you have decided to seek therapy and what you would like to achieve. It’s ok if you’re not entirely sure; I can help you work that out as we progress.

 

The initial session is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions. If you then choose to continue with me, I ask that we sign a contract together and arrange your next session.

Will anyone else know what we talk about?

All therapy sessions are confidential and what you talk about will not be discussed with anyone else. Exceptions to confidentiality do apply but these will be outlined at the initial session.

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