Frequently Asked Questions
What happens in a session?
No two sessions are the same, they depend on the individual. You will be given the space to explore anything you wish from everyday events, dilemmas, feelings and thoughts, to regrets, aspirations, memories and past/present experiences. You will have the opportunity to take the lead and the sessions will develop in the way you choose to allow them to.
How do I know which approach is for me?
There are many approaches used in counselling and the approach used will depend on individual circumstances. However the three main approaches are:-
A Person Centred approach focusses on the belief that, given the right circumstances, we are all born with the internal ability to grow and re-connect with our true selves.
Psychodynamic approach places focus on unconscious thoughts that stem from childhood experiences and affect othe our emotions and behaviour in the present day
Cognitive behavioural therapy looks at how behaviour is learned and so can be unlearned. It looks at how a persons thoughts can affect their emotions which in turn affects their own behaviour.
As an integrative counsellor I will draw upon all three of these approaches (and some others) if necessary during our sessions
What issues do you deal with?
I work with a wide range of issues including:-
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Pregnancy, prenatal, postpartum
What do I need to consider?
I believe that counsellng is a collaborative process which means you need to feel comfortable with your counsellor. You may be sharing intimate information and so it is hugely important that you find a good match. Whether or not you decide to book a session with myself please consider whilst choosing:-
What qualifications do they have?
What ethical body do they belong to?
Do they have a confidentiality policy including storing of information?
What length of counselling do they offer?
What is the cost per session and what are the cancellation charges?
Do you feel you will be able to trust the counsellor?
Do they have the right skill set for you?
Do they offer the delivery you are most comfortable with, ie/ face to face, telephone or online?
Finally, if after a few weeks you feel that you are not connecting with your counsellor or you feel you have made the wrong choice. You can stop your sessions. You are in charge.