Attending Counselling - the answers to some frequently asked questions:  

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How Long will I need to attend?

The quick answer is it's entirely up to you!  You are very much in control of how many sessions you wish to attend.  Some people may wish to undertake short-term counselling (which is usually 12-weeks) or may wish longer term (up to 2-years) or, indeed, open-ended (no end date). 

Although endings are significant in the therapeutic relationship, you are free to end at any time.  I would only urge you to attend at least one last session prior to ending our work together.  This can be discussed more fully during the initial assessment.    

What is the Psychod​ynamic Approach?

Whilst derived from psychoanalysis, the psychodynamic approach to counselling focuses on immediate concerns, as well as your past.  The approach stresses the importance of the unconscious and past experience in shaping our current behaviour.  The Counsellor's aim is to build a trusting relationship with you where you can feel completely comfortable speaking about the things that are troubling you.

In the first instance we would arrange an assessment session (50 minutes) where we can discuss your present circumstances, as well as your past.  If you decide that you would like further sessions, then  we will  arrange those   sessions at a date and time mutually convenient for us both.  Please note, there is no obligation to continue following that assessment, the choice is completely your own.  

I'm a little apprehensive...

Of course you are, that  is completely understandable and a natural reaction.  How many of us actually sit down once a week and speak for 50 minutes regarding how we are feeling with a complete stranger!  

Whilst counselling is more widely available,  it is still a scary prospect.  I hope you will take some reassurance from this website that it's not scary, counsellors are there to listen to you about what really worries you, we want to help.  

Lots of people talk, but how many really listen.  It can be difficult talking to friends and family, your problems may be about them or they have their own agenda.  A Counsellor works with you to uncover what you really want.  It takes courage to look at yourself but you do have that courage.  

What can you provide?

I can provide one-to-one counselling for adults (18 and over) and older adults (over 60) to cover a range of issues:   

  • Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement 
  • Depression​
  • Disability
  • Loss 
  • Trauma
  • Personal development
  • Health related issues
  • Self esteem
  • Sexuality
  • Relationships 
  • Redundancy
  • Stress
  • Work related issues 
Please note:  The above list is not exhaustive but simply to provide some guidance.  Please feel free to take up the offer of a free assessment to explore whether I can help you.    

Is our work confidential?

The simple answer is yes, I strive to provide a safe, non-judgemental, confidential space for you to explore what is troubling you.  All things discussed are strictly confidential.  However, in order to comply with my BACP registration and the law, there are some important exceptions:  

In line with the BACP Ethical Framework, in the event that your life or the life of someone else is in imminent danger, I may have to break confidentiality.  This action would be fully discussed with you prior to any disclosure.  I also undertake full supervision of my practice and in that respect I may discuss our work within that supervision.  Please be assured that at no time will your identity be disclosed.  

In order to comply with all legal requirements for the protection of vulnerable adults and children, acts of terrorism or serious criminal activity, I am also required to report any such information to the relevant authorities.  

These exceptions are fully discussed within our assessment session.  

If your ready, give me a call:

07939 071201