One to one counselling sessions – Weekly, fortnightly or monthly sessions – these are negotiable depending on what you need and what you can afford.
The initial meeting is an assessment to establish your needs for counselling where we can discuss if it’s appropriate for the issues you are experiencing in your life. It also gives you the chance to find out more about what counselling entails so you can make a better informed decision before you get involved in it. It will give you a idea of whether you feel you could work with me as well.
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions, hopefully some of the questions you may have about counselling will get answered here.
So, what actually is counselling?
Counselling is a ‘talking therapy’, where you meet regularly with a counsellor to express and explore your feelings, thoughts and behaviour in a safe and confidential place. It is NOT advice. Counsellors can not tell you what to do, but they can help you look at your options empowering you to make your own choices in life.
Some people think counselling is like ‘dwelling’ and going ‘over and over’ your problems, but it is not like that at all, however we may need to revisit your past to identify what is blocking you from moving forward. So we may need to ‘rewind’ a bit, in order to go forward, rather than staying stuck!
What could I have counselling for?
Counselling can be accessed for a variety of issues. Some of these are stress, depression, anxiety, low self esteem, confidence issues, relationship difficulties, divorce or separation, loss or bereavement, loss of direction in life, eating problems, body image, self harm, rape or any other type of abuse.
Counselling can help with any other issues that might be troubling you emotionally, now matter how small or big.
How does counselling help?
Counselling is a very personal process and can help people in different ways. Sometimes talking in itself can help to alleviate difficult feelings that you may be experiencing. It is very powerful to say your feelings out loud to another who actually hears you on a deep level and this process in itself can make you feel better.
Counselling can help you to feel happier in your relationships. It can increase your self confidence, self esteem and self worth in both your personal and professional life. Exploring and making sense of your feelings can enable you to see things more clearly. New realisations can empower you to break vicious cycles that you may feel stuck in. It can help you to make positive changes to your life.
How long will it take for me to ‘feel better’?
Again this is an individual process. I recommend a minimum of at least six sessions, however some people may feel better within a couple of sessions and others might need longer term counselling. It is important to note, that you may even feel worse before you feel better but this is a normal process.
What is a review?
This is an opportunity for you to speak with me regarding the progress of your sessions. It gives us a chance to reflect on what you are finding helpful or not helpful about counselling. The review can also be used to reflect on the focus of the work. It is pretty informal.
If you are unsure about the different counselling approaches available click here to find out more.