Frequently Asked Questions

Why do people decide to have counselling?

Sometimes it can be helpful to talk about personal issues with a person who is independent of friends and family. Certain life events can be very difficult to deal with. However, you do not have to be in crisis before choosing to have counselling. You may be experiencing underlying feelings of dissatisfaction with life in general. All of these reasons and more bring people to counselling.

What will happen in the first session?

The first session lasts for approximately 30 minutes. I will listen to your worries and assess whether counselling could be suitable for your needs. It is a chance to think about what you would like to get out of counselling and ask questions. The counselling process will be explained, covering things such as confidentiality and how to arrange and cancel appointments.

How long does a counselling session last?

Sessions last for approximately 50 minutes. Apart from the first which will last for approximately 30 minutes. This will allow for any questions you have to be answered.

How many sessions will I need?

This is different for everyone depending on the issues you are facing and your personal requirements. Some people benefit from short term counselling whilst others benefit from longer term counselling. We will have regular reviews which give you the opportunity to reflect about where you are within your counselling process and ensure it is meeting your needs. If you would like to end your counselling sessions you can choose to do so at any point.

Is counselling confidential?

Yes, counselling is confidential. There are some exceptions to keeping confidentiality in relation to duty of care and these will be explained to you in the first session.

What happens after the first session?

If we both feel that counselling could be beneficial, you might want to arrange to have a second session. There is no pressure to arrange a further session after the first session. You may decide not to have counselling or you may like to have some space to think about whether to begin sessions.

How often are the sessions?

Once a week is appropriate for the majority of people to begin with and at a later stage some people choose to come fortnightly as they feel the benefits of therapy. If you are unable to attend weekly sessions we can plan the frequency of the sessions to suit your lifestyle.

If you have any questions that aren’t answered here, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


“Part of the healing process is sharing with other people who care”

– Jerry Cantrell