What can I expect ?
Once you have made an enquiry , you will be offered an appointment for an assessment . There is a minimum of one assessment , the assessment will last approximately 60-90 minutes , during this time you will be asked a series of questions , in relation to your sense of self which will include your reasons for coming to therapy . This will greatly help in assessing your needs . Part of what I offer includes an evaluation process after 6 weeks of individual 50 minute counselling sessions which provides you with the opportunity to reflect on how you feel since starting therapy. And most importantly on whether you feel that therapy is meeting your needs .
During the assessment you will need to be able to make a commitment to attend once weekly sessions at the same time and day each week . I provide individual therapy once a week for 6,12, 24 weeks or ongoing long term therapy.
How can counselling help me ?
The aim is to help and support you to discover what is going on in your life . This helps to gain insight and clarity into who you are and gain greater control of your life. A counsellor is trained to listen with empathy (by putting themselves in your shoes.) They can help you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings that you have . Counselling aims to help you deal with and overcome issues that are causing pain or making you feel uncomfortable . It can provide a safe and regular space for you to talk and explore difficult feelings . The Counsellor is there to support you and respect your views . They will help you to find your own insight and understanding of your problems , counselling can help you to :
. Understand yourself and your problems better
. Feel more confident
. Develop a better understanding of other peoples point of view
In most cases it takes a number of sessions before the counselling starts to make a difference and a regular commitment is required to make the best use of the therapy.
In most cases it takes a number of sessions before the counselling starts to make a difference . Counselling can often involve talking about difficult or painful feelings , however with the help and support of your therapist you should gradually start to feel better.
Trusting your counsellor
A good counsellor will focus on you and listen without judging or critcising you they will support you in dealing with your problems but they should not tell you what to do.