Counselling can help you to reframe the way that you view the world and can help you to face and overcome the barriers that stop you from moving forward and achieving your potential.
Counselling offers an opportunity to talk confidentially to someone impartial, so you are free to explore your true feelings and be supported without judgement. The discussions in counselling are aimed at helping you understand what is going on for you and what would help you best at this time.
I believe that having a real understanding of your journey and an appreciation of the barriers that you may have to overcome is key to supporting you to move forward. I strive to develop a warm, non-judgemental relationship with you during our sessions, creating the conditions in which together we can explore your world safely and without fear.
Our initial meeting
If we are meeting in person, I will ask you to complete a short form asking you for some information at the start of our meeting. If we are meeting via Skype or online prior to our initial session, I will ask you to complete a questionnaire and we will talk through this during the session. During this discussion, we can talk about what is troubling you and how you feel that counselling may help. This will help us to decide together counselling is suitable for you. We will also talk through some basic rules for the structure of sessions and have a discussion about record keeping and confidentiality. Once we have talked things through, I will ask if you would like to book in for further sessions. If this is what you decide to do and you feel comfortable to work with me, then we will agree a convenient date and time for the next session.
Counselling sessions are fifty minutes long and arranged by appointment, usually once per week.
I offer open ended sessions but we review progress at six
week intervals to determine if further sessions will be helpful for you. The number of sessions you may require will
depend on what you wish to achieve through counselling.
You may withdraw from counselling at any time although I would encourage you to talk over the decision with me.
The relationship between counsellor and client is one of built trust and I would encourage you to attend sessions regularly in order for the therapeutic relationship to work effectively.
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