Questions

Why see a counsellor or psychotherapist?

You may want help to get your relationship back on track or find support in working through the pain of a separation. You may have lost a loved one and need comfort in your grieving. Perhaps you have been diagnosed with a difficult illness and seek guidance on the road to healing. Or you have been struggling with anxiety and depression and want to re-discover joy and happiness in your life. These are just some of life’s challenges that take people into counselling.

No matter what you are faced with counselling and psychotherapy offer confidential, safe, friendly and expert support to help you come into balance and wellbeing, able to make good choices for your life and feel confident to move forward.

What are some of the benefits and outcomes of counselling and psychotherapy?

With the help of a good therapist you are able to identify issues that are problematic and get a clearer idea of the changes you want. This enables you to address any challenges directly and with lasting outcomes. With good professional help you are more likely to achieve desired long term changes through a clear and well-considered approach. Most importantly, you won’t have to go it alone- a counsellor or psychotherapist offers a warm, empathic and validating yet professional presence.

What can I expect from counselling or psychotherapy?

How long is each session? Sessions are normally 60 minutes in length. There are some exceptions when a longer session of 90 minutes may be negotiated. Skype or telephone sessions usually are 30-60 minutes depending on the circumstances.

How often will I come?

In the first session counsellor and client decided together the frequency of the sessions. Initially it is most common to have one session per week. However, sessions can also be scheduled every fortnight or more if appropriate and/or necessary for financial, geographical or other reasons.

How long might the counselling or psychotherapy take overall?

The length of the counselling relationship depends on a number of variables. These variables include: the type and severity of the problem, the motivation and resources of the client and the general life circumstances of the client. Some people need short term support to address specific issues, others require a longer term commitment.

All of the above questions are discussed in the first sessions and then re-visited from time to time. Both counsellor and client are active participants in the decision making process. Confidentiality: All personal details and information discussed inside and outside sessions are kept strictly confidential. Further aspects of this will be discussed in the first session.

Confidentiality:
All personal details and information discussed inside and outside sessions are kept strictly confidential. Further aspects of this will be discussed in the first session.

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(Hmong Proverb)