Frequently Asked Questions
Here I will answer some of the most regularly asked questions I hear. Please feel free to contact me if there is anything you would like to ask that I have not mentioned.
How can counselling help me?
Counselling can help you to look at new ways of seeing situations. You can gain some insight into your difficulties and receive support in making those changes. Counselling is not a magic fix and the help received can help YOU make the changes you want to see. Sometimes, having somewhere you can safely say anything out loud can be a powerful start to healing.
Is this confidential?
Yes. I do not share your information with other parties and what you say to me in our sessions remains confidential.
How do I know you can help me?
The main reason I offer an initial free session is so you get a chance to see how you feel about talking to me, and to ask any questions you may have. I cannot offer any guarantees, but choosing a therapist is a very personal thing and you deserve to have an idea of whether I could be the right person for you. You then have the chance to decide what you would like to do, and you are under no obligation to me.
How long are the sessions and how often will we meet?
Sessions are 50 minutes and we will usually meet weekly. I understand weekly sessions might not be right for everyone and we will talk about this during our first session together.
How many sessions will I need?
There is no way of answering this. Some people find 6 or 8 sessions are all they need to deal a particular issue, others need longer to fully explore the issues at hand. We will negotiate this between us and review from time to time to see what you need. I do not set any time limit and how long we work together will be monitored between us.
Do you work online or on the telephone?
My usual way of working is face to face in my room in Alton. However, I can offer sessions via video conferencing (using VSee) or on the telephone if this suits you better.