Frequently asked questions.
Q. How will counselling help me?
A. Counselling gives you a space to talk about and explore any issue which might be causing you difficulty or problems in your life. The counsellor will listen, without judgement and without an agenda other than helping you to discover what will work for you.
Q. Does that mean that the counsellor will just listen to me and not give any response or feedback?
A. No but it does mean that the counsellor will not tell you what you ‘should’ do or try to ‘fix’ you. I will listen, and I will check with you that I am understanding you correctly. I will ask questions, and reflect with you on your answers, and I may invite you to consider different perspectives or ways of dealing with your issues. Mainly I will be working to help you find the right answers/ solutions or outcomes for you and from you.
Q. How long will counselling go on for?
A. Each person is different, just as each person’s problems are different. Some people bring an issue which can be resolved fairly quickly, sometimes in as little as six sessions but where there are deep seated or long term issues such as trauma, more work may be needed. The important fact is that you will decide how much counselling you want or need.
Q. How long will counselling sessions last?
A. Sessions last for fifty minutes.
Q. How often will the sessions be?
A. Ideally you will have a session once a week, at least in the early stages but in some cases we can meet fortnightly, and towards the end of our work we might increase the time between sessions until ending therapy.
Q. Which counselling model do you use?
A. I work relationally, meaning that I focus on building trust and a good therapeutic relationship with each client. I mainly integrate a person centred approach with cognitive behavioural therapy. These two models might sound mutually exclusive but they can work surprisingly well together when counsellor and client are co-creating their work.