Asked Questions

Q. What Is counselling?


Counselling is a type of talking therapy. During a counselling session you will talk about the things that are important to you and your life. The counsellor will help you explore anything you want to talk about, so you can gain insight about yourself and your situation.

Q. How Can Counselling Help?


Counselling gives you a safe, confidential place for you to discuss and explore any issue which is preventing you from living the life you want to live. While it may seem strange to talk about intimate details of your life with a stranger, having someone who is not directly involved in the situation can be very liberating and insightful, offering a new perspective on things. As a counsellor, I will not make judgements, and offer you a place where you can be totally honest, open and vulnerable. This allows you to work out what is truly right for you. 

Q. What about confidentiality?


Anything that is discussed within our sessions is totally confidential, even the fact that you are coming for counselling is confidential. All notes and personal details related to your counselling are kept in secure, password protected files on my computer in line with data protection law. You have access to all information relating to your counselling but unless required by law, that information will never be shared.

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How many sessions will I need?

As many as you feel you need. Some counselling options offer a pre-determined number of sessions but I feel that you should be able to work at your own pace, without worrying about time limits. I offer support for as long as you feel our time together is helpful.  When you feel ready to end our counselling sessions, we will discuss and prepare for that. 

What if I am not happy with the service?

Counselling is a process, so please do not feel discouraged if you do not see immediate improvement. It can take time to build the kind of trust and communication necessary for effective counselling, or there may be a lot to work out and we need to trust in the process for that to happen. If you felt frustrated or unhappy about how things are progressing we would talk about that together. 

I am an ethical counsellor and my goal is to offer you the best support I possibly can. If I feel that my experience is not specific to your needs I will discuss this with you and will work with you to access appropriate continued support from elsewhere if you wish.