How will counselling help me?
I will support you by providing an environment where your feelings will be respected without judgement, enabling you to feel listened to and understood. Counselling may help you gain better understanding of what you are going through, perhaps leading you to feel less distressed and more able to see where changes could be made to enhance your life.
What is the difference between Counselling & Psychotherapy?
The practice of counselling and psychotherapy overlap, but usually counselling is a focussed process taking up to 12 sessions. As a general definition, in Counselling we use the individuals' existing internal resources, whereas in Psychotherapy we would work to build new resources which may result in a developing personality. Psychotherapy looks for the underpinning of the issues you may be struggling with now, consequently the outcome is likely to take longer to achieve. Sometimes the counselling process develops into one of psychotherapy.
Is what I say confidential?
I treat all information you share with me as confidential. The only and very rare exception is if there is a risk of very serious harm to yourself or another. The purpose of breaching confidentiality would be to ensure your safety or the safety of another. I will discuss any concerns with you.
How long will it take?
The number of sessions varies considerably depending on your needs. There will be regular reviews so that we can agree together the best way forward.
How long and how often are the sessions?
Sessions last 50 minutes, and are on a weekly basis.