What happens at the first meeting?
During the first session, the Counsellor will ask you details about yourself, your lifestyle and your personal background and what has brought you to counselling at this time. You will be supported and encouraged to ask any questions you may have.
Here is an audio description of what to expect at your first counselling session.
How long are the sessions?
Each session lasts for 50 minutes, including the initial assessment session.
Is it confidential?
Yes, confidentiality is essential in the counselling relationship. All that takes place in a session is treated with respect and discretion. Exceptions to this, contained in the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy code of ethics, will be explained in the first session.
How regularly will I see my counsellor?
All of our counsellors offer weekly sessions, however this can vary depending on your own personal requirements and the type of therapy.
What issues can counselling help with?
Our counsellors are able to help with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, stress, relationship issues, trauma, abuse, addiction, sexual problems, phobias, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and bereavement.
How long will I have to continue having counselling?
This will depend on you as an individual and the type of therapy you and your counsellor decide is best for you. Some types of therapy are designed to be short-term whereas other forms of therapy continue for a longer period of time. After a couple of sessions your counsellor will have an idea of what is the best approach for you.
Do I need a doctor to refer me for counselling?
No, you don’t need a doctor to refer you for counselling although some counselling clients do come via a doctor’s referral. You might seek counselling yourself for any number of reasons: to deal with personal issues as outlined above, as a result of a crisis, or you may wish to enter counselling for your own self-development.
Can I refer someone else for counselling?
If you are worried about someone else’s mental health then the first step is to talk to them. You may have noticed a change in their behaviour or mood and have become concerned for them. As an initial step we would suggest you look at this article on the Counselling Directory website to give you some ideas of how to deal with this issue.
I have a disability, are your premises accessible?
Yes, we have a ground floor room that is fully accessible.