What is counselling and will it help me?
Most people seek counselling at times of stress - when they are feeling unable to cope. Also, more people are seeking counselling instead of, or in addition to visiting their GP for answers.
Counselling provides an opportunity to truly express our problems, and to recognise unhelpful thoughts or patterns of behaviour which were previously unseen. This learning can then bring about the strength needed to effect much welcome change that in turn, increases our sense of wellbeing.
Counselling can help to:
Increase your self awareness
Identify and manage change
Become more independent
Come to terms with early experiences
Be better equipped for the future
Live a more satisfying/meaningful life
How long will it take and how many sessions will I need?
Every person is a unique individual and it's rather like asking how long is a piece of string! The usual protocol is to agree to six sessions of 50 minutes on a weekly basis, but ultimately it is your decision when to cease therapy. Both you and your counsellor will feel when the time is right.
Is counselling confidential?
Effective counselling is underpinned by confidentiality. Only in extreme circumstances is confidentiality not guaranteed. This would be discussed more fully at the initial assessment stage.
What if I don't like my counsellor for some reason?
Not a problem, you could simply be referred to another counsellor.
There's so much that feels wrong that I just don't know where to start.
A counsellor is trained to help you begin the process and support you all along your own journey - to enable YOU to discover your own answers.
Counselling is very expensive and I just don't know whether I can afford it?
Flexible charges and concessions are available and can be discussed at initial assessment stage.
I don't live near enough to visit and don't know whether to telephone, email or 'chat' on Facebook?
Some people benefit from being able to chat on their computer in the comfort of their own home. It can also be more private than talking on the telephone. Others find that talking on the phone is more beneficial, especially when their typing skills are slow or they are worried about their spelling! It doesn't matter to me, it's your choice. Choose whichever method you find most comfortable. Some people start with an email and move on to phoning or Facebook messaging. Again, it's up to you.
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