1. What types of problems can counselling help me with?
Speaking with a therapist can help you gain clarity on an issue, change old patterns, untangle complex personal issues or embark on a journey of self-development. Counselling can provide you with tools that help you manage an issue/s more effectively. You may seek counselling as a result of a crisis, a smaller issue or to manage an unsustainable lifestyle.
2. How do I begin counselling sessions?
You can book a free 10 minute phone consultation prior to making a face-to-face reservation through emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. There's no obligation to make an appointment following the phone session. The purpose of the conversation is to establish if there's a working connection. If unable to provide your required service, referrals to other resources and community services will be made.
3. How long are the counselling sessions?
The initial booking session is an assessment and consulting session, allowing the identification of an issue/s and to gain in-depth understanding of your objectives to develop further. A counselling session is 50 minutes long.
4. Do we need to meet up frequently?
To make gradual and steady progress, weekly sessions at the same time and place is recommended. If you are unable to attend in person, sessions over the phone, Zoom, Facetime or Skype can be arranged.
5. How many counselling sessions do I need?
The length depends on a number of factors; it may be as short as a few sessions or could continue for a substantially longer time. The length varies from person to person depending on the issue/s at stake. CBT is a time efficient therapy and the amount of sessions frequently ranges from 6-20 for long lasting results. An initial six sessions followed by a review is recommended. Keep in mind that sometimes new issues arise that you would like to explore further. It's also possible with faster improvements.
6. What is CBT?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can be very useful, but it only suits some personalities and situations. It involves learning skills for overcoming habits and reactions that are making things worse. However, used on its own it's usually unhelpful for bereavement or recent trauma. I use an integrative approach drawing upon different types of approaches to match your specific issue. Collaboration is a key ingredient in counselling. Throughout the sessions, obstacle identification, goal setting and strategy implementation are all completed cooperatively. Home based tasks are set in between sessions to enhance the counselling efficiency.
7. Is counselling confidential?
Your privacy is fully respected. Everything you say in session is bound by confidentiality and I don’t disclose anything without your written and verbal consent. The only reason I'd break confidentiality without your consent is in the event it's required by law, or you're in danger of hurting yourself or someone else, or if there is suspicion of dependent abuse. You would first be encouraged to seek necessary support, if unable or unwilling to do so as a therapist I have a duty of care to seek support on your behalf.