Wondering whether counselling is right for you?
The fact is that everyone and anyone can benefit from this life-enhancing therapy. To help you understand the process, here are some of the most frequent asked questions about counselling.
What is counselling?
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) offers a useful definition of counselling:
“Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing.”
In other words, counselling is a process during which a client will gradually change their psychological perception of events and experiences. It can help you to overcome negative emotions and focus on the most fulfilling aspects of your life.
Is counselling similar to seeing a doctor?
There are some key differences. My approach to counselling is based on the principles of Dr Carl Rogers, a psychologist who developed the person-centred approach. This humanistic method of counselling moves away from the once prevalent doctor-patient model, where the counsellor is positioned as an authority figure who knows everything about their clients.
Rogers’ approach places trust in people. It works around the premise that if a safe psychological environment exists, then you can naturally move towards greater awareness and better fulfilment of your potential.
There’s evidence that this approach works. Recent developments in neuroscience are proving that relational therapy can bring about changes in brain patterns.
How often will I need to attend counselling sessions?
For counselling to be most effective, it is important to maintain a regular schedule of appointments. Most of my clients arrange to see me weekly.
How long do appointments last?
Typically, appointments last for one hour. Longer sessions are also available – these can be particularly useful before a break or holiday, during times of stress, or for couples’ sessions.
How will I pay for my sessions?
I accept cash, cheques or payments by BACS/app. Limited concessions are available for those in need, as well as for block bookings and payments made in advance. Charges are £50 per hour/£70 per 1.5 hours effective from 1st April 2020. Existing clients continue to pay the rate charged at the outset, providing counselling is continuous.
What if I need to cancel one of my sessions?
I don’t charge clients for cancellations, as long as I am given at least 24 hours’ notice. Usually I will be able to offer an alternative appointment, so you won’t have to miss out on your session.
Will my counselling sessions remain confidential?
Absolutely. Everything you tell me is confidential, as is the very fact that I meet with you.
If I think that you are at serious risk of harming yourself or others, we will take the time to discuss how to proceed. The only other time I would breach confidentiality is when required by law.
If you have any concerns about this, do contact me and we can discuss it in more detail.
What happens when my block of counselling sessions comes to an end?
Endings are an important part of the counselling process and we will spend time planning how and when to conclude our sessions. We will review our work together on an ongoing basis, and renegotiate our agreement if necessary. You will know when you are feeling Happy & Healthy, and no longer need support.