What can I expect in a counselling session?
A session usually lasts 60 minutes, although longer sessions might be considered useful. We recommend weekly sessions. Between sessions, clients are encouraged to think about and process what was discussed. At times, you may be asked to do something specific outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records. For the therapy to "work," you must be an active participant, both during and between the therapy sessions.
What benefits can I expect from working with a counsellor?
A number of benefits are available from participating. Often it is helpful just to know that someone understands. Counselling can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or help you to find your own solution. The benefits you obtain from counselling depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn.
How many sessions will I need?
This depends on how complex your issues are, how well you engage with therapy and how long is a piece of string. Every person is different. Some clients will need one session, others many years of therapy. There is no right or wrong way, simply the way that is right for you. Your counsellor will regularly review the work with you to ensure that you are in therapy only as long as you feel is necessary.
Will you keep what I say confidential?
Confidentiality is generally assured, unless the court, or your solicitor, has requested a therapeutic report, or you tell us that you or someone else, will be harmed. We will generally discuss this with you prior to informing any statutory services, but we reserve the right to disclose information to the police or social services where we feel there is a need to do so.