Counselling is a talking therapy where you meet with a dedicated and qualified counsellor in a safe, confidential space to discuss any problems or difficulties you may have encountered. My counselling service offers a non-judgemental and accepting environment and I will endeavour to really hear and understand your story. I will accept you and respect your feelings- whilst I will not tell you what to do, I will work with you so that you can find your own way and solutions.
''You will usually have a number of planned, regular sessions lasting for around 50 minutes. How often you see your therapist, and how many sessions you have, will depend on your individual circumstances. You may see your therapist on a one-to-one basis or in a group, or you may speak to them over the telephone or online. They may go through specific exercises designed to help you with the problem you're experiencing. Or you might have more general discussions about how you're feeling. What you talk about will vary depending on the problem you want help with and the type of therapy you are getting. It could include: your relationships, childhood, emotions, thoughts, behaviour, situations or events you find difficult.
- Practical details
Your therapist should discuss with you the number and frequency of sessions you will have and how any fees will be paid. They should also explain what happens if you miss a session or are away on holiday.
- Confidentiality and note taking
Your therapist should explain how they will protect your confidentiality and privacy. They will also tell you of any situations when they may be required to disclose information about you. Therapists usually record the sessions in some way for their own professional use. They should tell you how they will do this. If they wish to record your sessions on tape, they must ask for your permission first.
During the first session, or at any time during your therapy, you can ask your therapist anything you want to know about their qualifications and experience. You can also ask them about your therapy and question anything you don't understand. Your therapist should encourage you to do this.
Your relationship with your therapist is very important. To get the best out of the process it’s important that you have confidence in them. Trust your instinct and if you’re unsure about the therapist, seek another one.''