Frequently Asked Questions
What can I talk about in counselling?
You can talk about anything at all!
How many sessions will I need?
There is no easy answer to this because everyone is different. We would talk about it together and perhaps agree an initial number of sessions (for example six) and then review to see how you feel the work is going. You can of course choose to end counselling at any time.
How long do sessions last?
A session is 50 minutes long and is usually at the same time each week, although the frequency of our sessions together is something we would mutually agree.
Is what I tell you confidential?
What you tell me is confidential although there are a couple of exceptions. If I am concerned about serious harm to yourself or someone else I might need to break confidentiality and speak to another professional. Wherever possible, I would ask for your permission first. I am also obliged by law to report any disclosure of harm to a child, threat of terrorism or drug trafficking to the correct authorities.
In line with the requirements of the BACP, my work is regularly supervised by a qualified supervisor whose role is to ensure that I work ethically and professionally. I refer to my clients by first name only in supervision, and conversations between myself and my supervisor are confidential.
Will counselling help?
There are no guarantees but counselling can help you to gain a better understanding of what is going on for you, and find your own answers. If you don't feel counselling is helpful, it is your right to end our work at any time.