What is the length of each session?
Each session lasts 50 minutes; the "therapeutic hour" allows time for reflection and note taking after the client has left.
What happens if I am unable to attend a session?
It is standard practice to charge the regular fee for missed or cancelled sessions by the client, this enables the counsellor to maintain the commitment to the client's regular appointment time, for the duration of the work. If you are unable to attend a session, I will endeavour to offer you another session in the same week. However, this is subject to availability.
How many sessions of counselling will I need?
This depends entirely on the individual, some clients may feel ready to end their sessions after a few weeks, and some may need months. We will continually review how the sessions are going during therapy. No notice is required to stop counselling but it is beneficial to allow a few sessions to bring the process to an end.
How frequent are the sessions?
Preferably the sessions are once a week at the same time on the same day. I recognise this is not possible for every client due to commitments, therefore I do offer some flexibility.
How will I feel during counselling?
It may be difficult at first to share intimate, private information with someone you don't know, but hopefully it will be a relief to be able to talk and share your thoughts with someone who will listen, will not judge you and will respect your feelings.
Is counselling confidential?
Counselling is confidential. All counsellors regardless of experience need supervision, this is to protect the client and to improve the ability of the counsellor to give a good service to their client. During supervision the identity of the client remains anonymous.
In very rare cases, confidentiality will be breached; if It is believed a client is considered to be a risk to themselves or others. If this is the case make this decision I will inform the client. I must stress it would be a very rare occurrence.