What is Counselling?
Counselling allows you time and space to discuss difficulties you may be facing, or to examine issues which you feel are holding you back from leading the kind of life you would like. Counselling is not about giving advice but rather allows you to find your own answers and solutions.
You will be able to speak freely and express yourself in a supportive, non judgemental environment. The aim is to enable you to explore any issues or situations you feel are causing problems in your life. As a professionally qualified counsellor I have been trained to assist you in this process and help you to move forward.
What type of Counselling will I be offered?
My background and training has been integrative which means that I am able to offer a range of approaches tailored to client needs. These include CBT, Person Centred and Psychodynamic counselling.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. This means that I follow a professional ethical framework, offer a professional standard of work and undertake ongoing training and supervision.
How will I access my Counsellor?
You can choose either to see your counsellor face to face, by phone or via Skype if you prefer or that is easier for you to access.
How long is a Counselling session and how many will I need?
Each counselling session lasts 50 minutes, this is generally referred to as a ‘therapeutic hour’.
The number of counselling sessions varies from person to person and is dependent on a number of factors. Rather than booking a number of sessions at once we ask that clients book as they go along, simply committing to whether or not they wish to attend a further session. Once you have started counselling you may find you only need a few sessions to enable the changes you want in your life. Or you may feel you need longer term work. This can be reviewed and discussed on a regular basis.
What about Confidentiality?
Everything you say to your counsellor will be totally confidential. The only exceptions will be if there is concern about your safety or that of others. There are also statutory requirements which must be met and I will explain these to you at the start of your sessions.
Who are the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)?
With over 41,000 members, the BACP is the largest professional body representing counselling and psychotherapy in the UK. Members are dedicated to practicing responsibly, ethically and to the highest of standards. BACP’s register of counsellors and psychotherapists is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
For further details please see the BACP website: http://www.bacp.co.uk.
How can I find out more before I decide to start Counselling?
If you would like to find out more about counselling you are welcome to look at a range of online resources including the It’s Good to Talk and BACP websites.
To find out more about Transition Counselling contact me directly:
Phone, Text or WhatsApp: 07572 282514
I understand that this is an important, sometimes difficult, decision and I am happy to answer any questions you may have.