Frequently asked questions
It is quite normal to have some questions about counselling and what it entails. Below are a few of the more common questions I have been asked when new clients are considering a course of therapy. You may have others, which you are welcome to ask at our first consultation.
Can counselling really help?
Yes. Clients are often surprised by how beneficial they find talking to a qualified therapist. Sharing what is troubling you can help you to feel less lonely and isolated with your thoughts and feelings.
What’s the difference between short-term counselling and long-term psychotherapy?
Short-term counselling usually lasts between 6-12 sessions and tends to focus on a particular issue. Long-term therapy is open-ended and entails a more in depth exploration of your earlier experiences, their impact upon you then and now. The length of your treatment can be discussed at the initial consultation.
What if I feel it isn’t working?
I recommend that we have at least six sessions together in order that you have enough time to describe yourself and your issues adequately. This should also give you an opportunity to understand how I work, and if it feels right for you.
However, you are under no obligation to continue. If you decide to leave, it may be possible for me to refer you to another therapist.
My GP has prescribed anti-depressant medication. Do you expect me to stop taking this whilst I am in counselling?
Any decision about your medication should be made in consultation with your GP. Occasionally, and only with a client’s express permission, I may liaise with the GP or Psychiatrist.
What happens if I can’t make a session?
Missed sessions are charged in full. This is because the session has been scheduled for you and so cannot (and will not) be given to another. However, if possible, I will try to reschedule your appointment.
What happens in my first session?
Your first session will be an assessment. We use this time to establish why you have come for counselling, to give you the opportunity to understand how I work, and for us to decide the most appropriate way forward.