Frequently Asked Questions
How long are the sessions and will the counselling be on a weekly basis?
The sessions last fifty minutes and I usually suggest that at the beginning we work on a weekly basis. If you have difficulty with work commitments I am able to be flexible.
What should you expect from the first session?
This is very much a fact finding session whereby I will ask you to tell me in your own time why you have come to see me and how you think counselling may help. Then we will explore together what I can offer you through the counselling process., whether you could work with me and therefore wish to return for future sessions. To move forward in the counselling it is important that we have a mutual two way process of honesty, openness and transparency.
How many sessions will be required?
I offer brief and long term counselling and I usually find that somewhere between four to six sessions is a good time to reflect on the counselling process to be certain that you are finding it helpful. I will ask what has been useful and perhaps what could be better or different as I feel this is an ethical way of working.
Is the counselling confidential?
The only times I will have to breach confidentiality is when I am informed about child abuse, risk of life, breaking the law or contravention of the Prevention of Terrorism Act.