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Are there any risks to counselling?

Talking and thinking about emotional problems can be difficult. For this reason, some people can feel worse before they feel better. Over time I will work with you to improve your life and help you to develop stronger emotional skills. Most people find it to be a positive experience.

What happens in a counselling session and where does it take place?

We provide a warm, inviting room for your therapy sessions; it is not a clinical or cold environment, and you don’t have to lie on a couch! We provide a safe space where you can explore your issues in complete confidence. You are free to discuss what you wish - from everyday events, dilemmas, feelings, and thoughts, to regrets, aspirations, memories, and dreams.

How do I start with a counsellor or a psychotherapist?

To book a general consultation, you can use our online forms, e-mail us or phone us. We will then contact you and have a short consultation over the phone. We will then set you up an appointment time for you to come in for a session.

How long should I expect to have to continue counselling?

The length of your treatment will very much depend on your unique circumstances. We recommend six sessions followed by a review to discuss your needs. It also depends on the type of therapy you choose to try. For example, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is designed for short-term use and lasts six sessions.

Will my counselling session be confidential?

Yes, counselling sessions are completely confidential. We are ethically bound to keep what you share private. Registered therapists are required to have a supervisor overseeing their work at times. This is to ensure they are maintaining a high level of assistance to the clients and in doing so they might discuss the generalities of your case with their supervisor. We will not divulge your identity. Supervision would also be under oath to protect the privacy of any information that is shared.

I only want one session; will the therapist be able to help?

Generally, your first session will be used as an assessment and consultation rather than for treatment. This allows you to identify your issues as you see them and for me to start to gain an idea of what your needs are. As such, having just one session is unlikely to have any lasting benefits for you.

Can I have more than one session a week?

Yes, if you require more than one session a week, I may be able to accommodate this. However, sometimes this may not be possible. It is important however to start off with weekly sessions and then review if you wish to go down to fortnightly sessions.