Some frequently asked questions...
We have fifty minutes in each session to talk about whatever you would like to discuss. There isn't a set structure to sessions, although the first session is largely about establishing the things in life you want to change. It's common to set goals depending on what the issues are and what you would like to achieve.
This depends on what you feel is right for you. You don't have to commit to a certain number of sessions at the beginning unless this is something we agree would help you. I have worked with clients from a few weeks to a number of years.
Qualified and experienced counsellors are non-judgemental and practise in an ethical fashion. Being a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I am bound by their code of ethics. I maintain confidentiality and work in the best interests of clients.
There are a number of schools of thought in counselling, each with their own methods. I trained in and practise an integrative approach which comprises a range of these well established methods, so I am able to employ a variety of therapeutic techniques.
With some clients, looking at aspects of childhood greatly enhances their understanding of current relationships. Which methods I use depends on your needs, meaning that sessions are tailored to you and the particular challenges you are facing.
Supervision is where counsellors discuss their client work with another qualified and experienced counsellor. This is in order to help the supervised counsellor to reflect on sessions with the client, so as to further enhance the therapeutic process. Only first names are used in these sessions when referring to clients, and the colleague acting as supervisor is bound by the same ethical code as me. Regular supervision is standard practice for all professional counsellors, and means that clients have the best possible experience of talking therapy.
~What if I can't make it to a session?
You can send an email or text me if you are unable to attend a session, but this must be 48 hours before the appointment time otherwise the full fee applies.
This is not usually done for confidentiality reasons and it is best for the session to be yours alone.
Only if you wish to; some clients tell others while some choose to keep the things entirely private.