How long will I need to see you?
This varies enormously, and it isn’t possible to give you an exact answer. Some clients find that a very small number of sessions are enough for them (perhaps if they are struggling to make a decision), and some clients will have regular sessions over months or years. I work with clients flexibly but believe there is real value in regularly reviewing how our sessions are going. Those reviews can be part of an open-ended agreement to work together until you feel the sessions have reached a natural conclusion, or as part of an agreement for a fixed number of sessions.
What can counselling help with?
The short answer to this question is: almost anything. The longer answer is that I can assist you with healing from painful or traumatic experiences (such as bereavement, illness, chronic pain, loss or sudden changes), I also work with behaviour patterns such as addiction or habits within relationships. Counselling can offer a marvellous support through experiences of great change or transition in our lives. Most of us at some point in our lives will feel a sense of uneasiness, or of something being off-kilter, and counselling can help us to identify what is giving us this sensation – a chance to reconnect with ourselves away from the pressures of every day life.
I don’t ever use medical terms unless my clients chose to use them to describe themselves. However, many people who are living with depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions often find counselling helpful.
What can I expect from a session with you?
Sessions last for one hour. I will welcome you, offer you a cup of tea/coffee and invite you to make yourself comfortable. It will always be for you to decide where you wish to start (which I know may feel nerve wracking, so I will support you in this if it feels new). I will be there with you wherever our sessions take us. I do keep notes after each session, but I do not make notes during our sessions. You will have my complete attention.
Are my sessions confidential?
I will keep what you tell me confidential. There are a few exceptions to this, which I will speak to you about in detail when we meet. These exceptions apply to all counsellors and exist to keep you safe, and to comply with situations where I might be legally ordered to share some information. I take confidentiality incredibly seriously.