What happens if I make contact?
We would arrange a time and a place to meet and discuss how counselling might help in your particular circumstances.
What happens if I cannot talk about what troubles me?
This is actually quite common. Some people are able to talk from the outset, but others take longer to feel comfortable and to discuss what really troubles them. People invariably find a way after a few sessions…
How do counselling sessions usually work in practice?
I tend to advise weekly meetings of usually about one hour for individuals, for children and adolescents maybe slightly less.
For couple-counselling sessions I usually suggest about an hour and a half with two weeks between sessions.
How long does counselling generally last?
There are no hard and fast rules as to how much counselling a person might need. Sometimes a short-term, goal-focused therapeutic approach might be as few as 6 to 8 sessions. For others, a slightly larger number of sessions may be needed. It is all open to negotiation and we build review points into our initially agreed number of meetings.
How do we agree when a course of counselling has ended?
This varies from individual to individual, but is always in your control. Some people choose an ending with an agreed date after weekly sessions; others gradually reduce sessions from weekly to fortnightly and then monthly. I am sure you will know what is best for you.