Counselling works best when approached with total honesty. Building a relationship and feeling safe with your therapist is very important and all sessions are carried out in confidence. Boundaries are kept to protect both counsellor and client and to ensure an ethical practice is followed, as laid down by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Within the counselling room, I make every effort to provide a comfortable, safe and quiet place for our therapeutic relationship to develop. Being in a calm environment without distractions is critical to help you reflect and place the emphasis on yourself - and for some people this may be for the first time.
Counselling can help you to become more aware of how you react in certain situations and this in turn can give you the power to choose - to continue to act in that way or not - to do something differently. This can have a positive effect on the way you choose to behave or react to things around you.
Working through things which may stand in your way of making change and discussing sensitive issues can be hard work and is often emotionally draining. The difference you may notice in yourself can vary from session to session and from person to person.
Taking the first step in counselling can be scary, so it is often useful to have an initial telephone conversation. If you decide you would like to try counselling, the first session, which usually last about an hour, is designed so that we can learn more about what has bought you to counselling and what you would like to achieve in our time together. It is an opportunity for both of us to get to know one another and to decide if we wish to work together.
Further sessions are tailored to fit your individual circumstances and needs and you will not be committing to a specific number of sessions. It is up to you how long or how short our time together is, planning for 8 to 10 sessions is probably sensible. You can book a block of sessions if you wish or agree to meet week by week - we can decide that together.
It is possible to arrange sessions by SKYPE, should that suit your needs.
You may like to follow these links to find out a little more about Counselling and Psychotherapy:
NHS NICE view on counselling
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
The BACP Ethical Framework