Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know my counsellor is adequately qualified and experienced?
By looking for a counsellor who is a registered or accredited member of BACP ensures that they meet the standard of training that this reputable, and most recognised Counselling and Psychotherapy organisation require. By being a registered member insures that your counsellor has regular and ongoing clinical supervision of their work, that they attain the minimum hours of CPD per year (to keep their knowledge up to date) and that they are insured to work. Please feel free to ask for any further information you require on this subject or contact BACP yourself.
How confidential are the sessions?
Confidentiality is paramount to the work that counsellors do. The confidentiality agreement is explained fully to you at the initial session. Confidentiality is part of the BACP Ethical Framework for Counsellors and Psychotherapists to which as a member I abide.
How will I know if counselling is right for me?
This is a very common question, I would advise that by phoning me or coming along for a free half hour consultation you will get a 'feel' of whether you wish to continue. All of us at some time in our life could benefit from having a safe place in which to talk through worries/concerns/isuues that we are experiencing with the benefit of someone who is experienced and professional, sensitive and non judgmental. A place for you to feel heard.
How will I know how many sessions I need?
This varies from individual to individual. Part of the assessment session is exploring whats going on for you and what you feel would benefit you. With your agreement I may suggest a way of working that, in my experience may prove beneficial for you for an agreed amount of sessions. We may then set an initial contract of six sessions preferably weekly, but sometimes fortnightly. What we will do periodically through the time we spend together, is review this and see how you feel you are benefitting and set more sessions if you require, or work on a closing according to your needs. You are under know obligation to stay in therapy if you do not wish to, it would be recommended to have a closing session. You are central to the process and your needs are paramount.
How long are the sessions, when and where do they take place?
Each session lasts 1 hour and they take place at an agreed time and at one of the agreed basis you required. Therapy sessions usually take place weekly, sometimes fortnightly to offer flexibility.