July 5, 2017

What is counselling?:
Counselling is an opportunity to talk to someone in confidence, about the difficulties you are facing now. It is a regular time and space set aside each week where you will be heard and not judged. Counselling can benefit almost any one: whether you are feeling depressed or low and don’t really understanding why or whether you know why you feel the way you do. By working together with your counsellor it may be possible to really understand these feelings, perhaps for the first time. This insight may in turn lead to change.

What to expect from your sessions?:
Sessions will last for 50 minutes and will be held in the same place and at the same time each week. There is no formula for what you should talk about in your sessions, no right or wrong thing to say. The most important thing in the session is you. You will have feelings about this and we can explore these further in the sessions.

The first meeting:
Our initial meeting may take up to an hour and a half.  This meeting will be different from our subsequent sessions, as I will be asking you direct questions about what brings you to counselling now and what you would like to get from our sessions together. I will also ask you to say something about your family and your history.  We will think together about how long you might come for counselling. It might be that a set number of sessions to work on a specific problem would be beneficial for you or we may decide to work in a more open-ended way.

What is said in counselling is confidential with the exception of:

  • If it’s clear you intend to severely harm yourself
  • If it’s clear you intend to harm someone else
  • If you pose a risk to children