Is counselling confidential?
Yes, it is important that you feel that you can talk in complete confidence and I will not talk about you with others. The only time that I will breach confidentiality by talking to someone else is if by not so doing you, I or another person could come to significant harm. For instance, if your life is at risk.
I discuss confidentiality with you at the first session.
If you are under the age of 18 I will be able to talk with you about issues to do with consent and confidentiality.
Children and young people aged 14 or under will be seen with permission of a parent or guardian and with full collaboration.
How long does each counselling session last?
Each individual session will last for 50 minutes.
How can I make an appointment?
Call me on 07771 537199, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I know if I need counselling?
If you are stressed, depressed, anxious or not feeling yourself emotionally, you may benefit from counselling. Counselling can help with a wide variety of issues and counsellors are trained to see you as a unique individual and acknowledge your specific needs. Anything said within the counselling relationship is confidential and counselling takes place in a relaxed non-judgemental atmosphere.
How much will counselling cost?
I will discuss this with you when you first contact me. If you are a private client you will usually pay for each session as you go, preferably in cash at the beginning of each session.
What happens at the first counselling session?
It is possible that you may feel quite anxious before your first counselling session but there is no need to be because I will do my best to put you at ease.
During the initial session we will talk about the practicalities of counselling like what type of therapy I will use and how many sessions you will have. You will have an opportunity to ask me questions about my background experience. More importantly, you will be able to decide if you feel comfortable working with me.
If at the end of the course of counselling I want to continue with further sessions, would this be possible?
This may be possible and would be decided on an individual basis. I usually offer a series of 6 sessions and then review after which a further sessions may be offered if deemed necessary. This will be discussed at the initial session. Occasionally it emerges that a person does require further counselling. Issues can emerge during a course of counselling and sometimes the challenges faced can be more complex in nature requiring extra support.
What is the difference between counselling and therapy?
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy does not distinguish between counselling and psychotherapy. They are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies that, over the short or long term, help clients resolve emotional, psychological and relationship issues. This is achieved within a context of confidentiality and clear ethical boundaries using evidence-based interventions to foster long-term recovery, increased resilience and wellbeing.
Art therapy is a form of creative therapy that uses a variety of media as a primary mode of expression and communication. It uses non verbal communication to address and explore emotional difficulties, mental health issues and a wide range of behavioural, neurological and physical problems.
How do I know if my counsellor is qualified?
You will have the security of being able to check my certificates of registration, qualifications and experience, my indemnity insurance, disclosure and barring certificate and proof that I am governed by the code of ethics of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the professional standards of the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).