Any other questions you may have
You say that counselling is confidential, but what does that mean exactly?
I will treat what you say as confidential and will not disclose what you share.
What are the limits of confidentiality?
Counsellors have legal and ethical obligations and therefore there are specific things that if you did disclose to me I would be obliged to report. I shall outline these in our initial meeting and would always attempt to discuss any potential break of confidentiality with you first. Such breaks of confidentiality are very rare.
I don't know what to do, so how can counselling help me?
Getting support through counselling can be the first steps to self discovery and finding out exactly what you do want. I help you gain insight of your situation, which can lead to a better understanding and an ability to take whatever action is right for you.
What do I say?
It's up to you how you present your problem. You can say whatever you like. And if you are unsure what the problem is I will help you work out, at your own pace, what is important and what's brought you to counselling in the first place. I can help you make sense of your thoughts and feelings which can offer you the chance to approach your life in a more satisfying and resourceful way.
What happens in a counselling session?
It's really up to you. It's your time to talk about what's bothering you but sometimes there may be silence and that's also ok. I will help you explore the issues and will ask questions to help clarify yours and my own understanding. I will also hope to understand what you want to get out of the counselling and help you work toward a focus or goal, if appropriate. The sessions are long enough for you to return to different areas until you are happy that you have expressed what you are really feeling.
What happens if I decide I want to stop counselling?
You may stop counselling at any time although it is better to plan when to stop counselling. That way we both know when your goals have been achieved and it doesn't leave any unfinished business hanging around.
What happens if I need to cancel an appointment?
If you cancel an appointment with less than 48 hours notice, the full fee will be due. With more than 48 hours notice an appointment can be rearranged with no additional charge.
If I see a counsellor does it mean I have a mental illness?
No, seeing a counsellor does not mean that you are ill. However, where there are symptoms of an illness, such as depression, counselling can be helpful. I will not treat you as a sick person, just someone going through a bad time.
Doesn't asking for counselling mean admitting failure?
No, in fact although many people think that they have to 'be strong' and not seek help, actually those who can admit to their difficulties could be considered the strong ones, as asking for help is often the first step toward resolving the problem.
How many sessions will I need?
I offer both short and long term counselling depending on your needs. You may already have an idea what you want, and we will discuss this during your first appointment.
If you have any further questions please use the contact form on the contact page.