FAQs about our therapy and counselling services

Does counselling work?

This is important question. A lot of the success between the counsellor and client depends on your expectations, and if you “click” with your counsellor. An initial assessment helps to

  1. Clarify your goals from counselling.

  2. See if you feel comfortable in the environment

  3. See if you feel comfortable with the counsellor. It is ok, and normal, to change counsellors.

How do I know if I need counselling?

Only you can decide if this is the right time to start counselling. Talking to someone confidentially, who is not a friend or family member can make all the difference.

Is counselling confidential?

Confidentiality will be explained in full during the first session. Ethical guidelines which govern confidentiality in our work can be found here for counsellors, and here for counselling-psychology work. You will be given a copy of our therapeutic contract for your records.

How long is counselling?

Each therapeutic journey is unique to you. You can go to a counselling once, for a few months, or embark on long-term therapy. It is important to note that counselling is a commitment; emotionally, financially and of your time. To enable your sessions to work it is important to consider these commitments, this is explored during an initial assessment.

Is counselling for times of crisis?

A crisis could be bereavement, relationship breakdowns, heightened anxiety, deepening of depression or shocking/unexpected news. With this in mind, the reason for booking an appointment at this point can to be to understand what is happening and why, to increase stability and reduce overwhelming feelings.

Sometimes, however, people enter counselling because of a crisis, and then find there are things that underlie the crisis. This can involve longer term work, looking at childhood experiences for answers to why certain things keep happening to you.

People also look for support in times of change. Starting university, becoming a parent, getting married or retiring from work “should” all make us happy, are you confused that you don’t feel happy about these things?

People to seek counselling for specific problems such as social anxiety, disordered eating, OCD, exam stress, trouble saying no, work problems, procrastination, relationships, depression.

Sometimes people book appointments to work on problems which seem more unclear. Often people explore personal growth and the next chapter of life. This can involve looking forward while also acknowledging lifelong issues which need a more in-depth analysis.

Is it confidential, judgmental, embarrassing?

Confidentiality is explained in full during an initial assessment.  This service is non-judgmental and while you may hold some embarrassment about disclosing issues we hope that we can very quickly alleviate any embarrassment so as to best support any problem you may be struggling with.

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