What is Counselling and can it help me?
Counselling is an opportunity to explore the things in your life which may be causing distress. Being able to express strong feelings with someone who will listen without judgement, can help relieve anxiety and stress over issues such as relationships, bereavement, depression, problems in the work place and health related concerns.
Regular Counselling sessions can highlight areas where change may be needed in order to break unhelpful patterns. Enabling you to gain a better understanding of yourself, and lead to new choices and opportunities.
What will happen?
An initial assessment usually lasts for about an hour. This provides an opportunity to explore in more detail what Counselling can offer and what your expectations may be.
6-8 sessions of Counselling are usually recommended to begin with, but if more sessions are needed we can then work on an open ended basis. This will be reviewed regularly to assess where we are in the Counselling process.
Once we have agreed to work together, we will decide on the days and times of our sessions - normally the same time each week. These sessions will last for 50 minutes. If you are late arriving for the session it will still end at the usual time.
Only in extreme circumstances would a Counsellor be obligated to disclose information to a third party, and this will be explained in full at the assessment meeting.
Counsellors have to meet regularly with a Supervisor to ensure that they are working ethically and professionally. Client's names will be witheld to maintain confidentiality.
As a member of the BACP I adhere to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapist's code of ethics
. This means that all information disclosed during Counselling is held in the utmost confidence.