Counselling is a way of raising awareness to our patterns of thinking, behaviour and how it affects the way we live our lives. It is not a treatment that you undergo but a process in which you engage. My role is not to judge or offer advice but to work collaboratively with you exploring thoughts and feelings in a safe, confidential space. The aim is to make you feel better and increase your overall wellbeing.
The first session is a bit like a mutual interview. It will give you an idea whether I am someone you could work with. It will give me a chance to take some details and ask what has brought you to counselling. There is no obligation to go further at this stage if you feel that this is not right for you.
Resistance is not to be broken through, but rather to be incorporated" Hycner, 1991
A counselling session is for 50 minutes. Ideally sessions should be every week on the same day and time to provide continuity. I appreciate that for some people, especially those who work shift patterns, that this may not be possible and so we will agree a schedule that works best for you.
The recommended minimum number of sessions is between six to eight but it depends on what you want to gain from the therapy. For some people, six sessions is all they feel they need while others may want to go on for longer. We will plan your therapeutic journey together and review our work regularly so that you are getting what you need from the sessions.
You can get more information on counselling at the BACP website "It's Good to Talk" and click on the "About Therapy" tab. Click here to visit the BACP website.