How many sessions will I need?
This depends on what you’d like to get out of coming to therapy and any goals that you’ve set. There is absolutely no minimum or maximum but I usually recommend we meet initially for 6 sessions, review how things are going and go from there. There’s no right or wrong; some people come to counselling to focus on one specific issue/ challenge and will come for relatively short-term therapy, whereas others will prefer longer term work to help them work through several issues or perhaps more deep rooted work.
What happens in the first session?
In the first session we can look at what’s going on in your life right now that has lead you to explore counselling. You don’t need to prepare anything for this session but it might be helpful to think about what goals or expectations you have from therapy. It’s also an opportunity for you to meet me and see whether I’m the right counsellor for you. We can talk about how I work and talking with me will give you an idea of what our sessions might be like.
How do I know which counsellor is right for me?
The most important thing when choosing a counsellor is that you feel comfortable talking to that person. Talking to a stranger about your life and any challenges you are having will probably feel strange at first and so you need to feel confident that you could open up to your counsellor, as this will help you get the most out of it. Counselling sessions are always at your pace, you should never feel like you are being forced to talk about something if you’re not ready.
Is counselling confidential?
Yes, counselling sessions are confidential. The exception would be if you were to pose a danger to yourself or others, in which case the relevant parties would be notified. In order to work ethically and offer the best level of care I have regular supervision of my work with a very experienced, senior counselling supervisor. Everything that is discussed with my supervisor is done so anonymously so that it protects your anonymity.
How long are sessions?
How often would we meet?
This would always be mutually agreed but I suggest weekly, especially for the first 6 sessions.
Can I bring someone with me to my sessions?
I would recommend not to if you feel able to come alone. Most people find they get more out of counselling when they come on their own as they may not feel they can say certain things in front of a loved one.
If you have any questions not covered here, please get in touch and I will be happy to help.