Counselling involves weekly 50-minute sessions, these are generally held on the same day at the same time every week and form part of the therapeutic frame, however there can be some flexibility to allow for shift patterns. To get the most out of the counselling process it is best to attend regularly, bearing in mind that you may find some sessions more helpful than others.
Counselling can be short term more solution focussed or longer term, time unlimited whichever is felt most suitable.
Ending counselling is an important part of the work and it is therefore advised that the ending is planned and worked towards rather than ending abruptly. This would provide you with an opportunity to review your counselling work and bring our counselling relationship to a close.
I adhere to the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am also registered with the Data Commissioners office and adhere to the Data Protection Act 1988.
This means I will not pass on any personal information about you or what we discuss in counselling sessions to anyone subject to the following exceptions:
Counselling is a very personal process. Sometimes it is necessary to talk about painful feelings or difficult decisions, so you may go through a period of feeling worse than when you started. However, counselling should enable you to feel better in the long-run.
If you do experience a period of feeling worse, talking it through will ensure you get the best out of your counselling.
Usually it will take a number of counselling sessions before counselling starts to make a difference. However, on rare occasions, a single session may be enough.
Counselling doesn’t work for everybody. It is not a universal cure-all. Because you may be talking about very personal and often painful things, it can sometimes be difficult to keep going. Despite this, it is often worth the effort as you can be helped to work through problems.
During the initial consultation or first session you should be prepared to trust your instinct because our relationship is at the heart of the process. The initial consultation gives us the opportunity to ensure we are comfortable to work together. Having confidence in your counsellor is very important and will enable you to get the best out of the process.