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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the format of sessions?

Sessions last for 50 minutes and are weekly, generally held at the same time of the same day of the week. It is only in exceptional circumstances of need that I would see someone more than once a week. In the first session we will discuss contractual issues such as confidentiality, agree methods of communication between us outside sessions, and explore considerations around the cancellation of sessions.

Do I have to be mentally ill to attend counselling?

No, and nor is attending counselling an admission of dysfunctionality, madness or weakness. It simply means that you are struggling with the difficulties that all of us inevitably face and are taking responsible action to address them effectively. As the prominent psychotherapy theorist Fritz Perls once said, "You don't have to be sick to get better."

How long does counselling last?

That is entirely your choice and depends on how long you find counselling helpful. I am experienced in offering both short-term and longer-term counselling provision. When we have agreed to bring our therapeutic journey to an end, it is advisable to allow a couple of final sessions to be spent processing an appropriate ending. This helps consolidate the gains made in therapy.

Is counselling confidential?

Yes, everything you tell me stays in the room and is not shared with anyone. Only in rare circumstances, such as when a client is in imminent danger of causing significant harm to themselves or someone else, is confidentiality broken, and even then I would discuss such an eventuality with you first.

Do I have to lie on a couch?

No, the work is face-to-face and we will sit opposite one another while we speak.

Does counselling work?

Definitely, and this is confirmed by research. A vast majority of people who access counselling find that it improves the quality of their lives. It proves especially useful in addressing common complaints such as depression, stress and anxiety, and performs better than psychotropic medication such as anti-depressants.