Frequently Asked Questions
We will talk about what is impacting you at the moment and in the past, and what you want to achieve; depending on this we might discuss your relationships; situations that you find difficult; how you feel, think and act; we might discuss your early life; we might discuss your hopes and aspirations.
Unfortunately counselling is not a quick fix. It may also involve confronting difficult feelings and situations. It does, however, work, and there are studies which demonstrate this.
This depends somewhat on what we are trying to achieve. I offer both short term and long term therapy. Short term can be as little as 6 or 12 sessions; long term could be a year. Short term therapy feels brisker and more goal orientated than long term therapy.
Counselling is not about giving or receiving advice. I will help you reflect on your situation and this will help you to make your own choices.
No. Psychiatrists and General Practitioners are qualified to prescribe medication for conditions of the mind. If you are working with other health professionals I may ask your permission to get in touch with them so we are all aware who is doing what to help you.
Counselling is all about trust. I will describe how I work and I will give you a document which sets out what you can expect from me. It will also set out what I need to be able to expect from you, so that we can work effectively together. This will include regular appointments, what happens if we need to cancel an appointment, what we both need to do to maintain confidentiality, how and when I expect you to pay me. I won’t expect you to sign it but I will expect you to agree to it. If you don’t, then it’s unlikely that we can work together.