Frequently Asked Questions
What is counselling?
A counsellor can help clients to develop an understanding and insight into their behaviours/feelings, with the aim of overcoming difficulties. In some cases the simple act of talking through difficulties with a counsellor can help, in other cases, a more bespoke therapy maybe required. This will depend on the nature of the concern and will be assessed by the counsellor and discussed with the client.
How do I know if I need counselling?
Only you can decide whether you wish to try counselling. Just talking to someone confidentially who is not a friend or family member can make all the difference. Counselling provides a regular time for those in need of some additional support, to explore their feelings and talk about their problems. A counsellor can help you develop strategies that will support you, allowing you to move forward, helping you to get your life back on track.
How can I be assured that my counsellor’s professionalism?
By choosing a therapist registered with a professional body you can be reassured that they have met the standards of training and experience required by that organisation. They will need to be registered with BACP and abide by their Code of Ethics that outlines the way their members should work, and a complaints process to follow if things don’t work out as planned - so you know you’re in good hands.
How long can I see a counsellor for?
That is entirely up to you, you can see a counsellor for a short block, long term or maybe just to check in every now and again when things get a little too much. There is no hard and fast rule.
How often do I need to see them?
Again this can depend on the client, some like to see their counsellor on a weekly basis, some every two weeks, each case will be evaluated on an individual basis and the counsellor will discuss a plan with the client.
How long does a session last?
They are for 60 minutes.
How much does it cost?
Does it mean that there is something wrong with me?
When someone choses to work with a counsellor, it is because they have something that they may be struggling to deal with. Counsellors can help you to become more comfortable with situations/issues, you may be stuck or in need of some skills to help you through a difficult time, but you are never viewed as having something wrong with you.