Frequently Asked Questions

If your question is not answered here please contact me.

What is counselling like?
Your sessions are a time for you to talk about your situation in your own way and at your own pace. We will be sitting facing one another and from time to time I will ask you questions, offer reflections and suggest things for you to think about or try out.

What happens at the first meeting?
I will ask more questions and take more notes than in later sessions and there will be time for you to ask questions and to talk about your situation. Towards the end of the meeting we will discuss the next steps together.

Is counselling completely confidential?
Your counselling will be confidential. Under exceptional circumstances it may be necessary to contact another agency:
  • Where there is a clinical reason to share information with other professionals and you have agreed.
  • Where keeping confidentiality risks serious harm to you or another.
  • Where the law requires disclosure.
I regularly see a specially trained and qualified supervisor to check that the work is proceeding in everyone’s best interests. Cases are discussed but the identity of clients is not.

How many sessions will I need?
Towards the end of your first meeting I will propose a number of sessions to start with and a time for a first review. The total number of sessions required varies from person to person and is difficult to predict. The number and frequency of sessions can be reviewed at any time you want.

How do I know if counselling is right for me?
Towards the end of your first meeting, I will talk with you about your needs and whether counselling is right for you. If we agree it is, then terms can be discussed and agreed. If not, we can discuss other options.

What happens if I need to cancel a session?
At the outset, I will tell you about their arrangements for cancellations, missed sessions and holidays. If you need to make any changes to your agreed arrangements please contact me as soon as possible.

What if I want to stop counselling?
It is my experience that when clients want to stop their counselling it is often useful to arrange a final session to discuss their decision.

What happens at the end of my counselling?
Towards the end of the agreed number of sessions, we will review what has happened and you will be able to decide what happens next.