FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

For your convenience I have listed below the most frequently asked questions I receive regarding Counselling, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Coaching.  If you have a question which is not listed below then please feel free to contact me.

Normal people don’t need “help” right?

First of all there is no such thing as “normal”. Every single person is different and unique – this is what makes us individual.  If we were all the same the world would be a boring place.  We are all a product of our past and as a result have issues and concerns which we deal with in our own unique way.  This doesn’t make us abnormal.

Secondly, unfortunately a common myth exists that people who attend counselling and therapy must be mad or crazy.  Regrettably this is due to the stigma and misconceptions that are often associated with therapy.  The truth however is that counselling and therapy is not at all uncommon.  With our lives becoming increasingly hectic; the juggling act of maintaining a healthy work / life balance; and additional pressures of family life can leave us feeling overwhelmed, deflated, stuck, confused, unfulfilled and unhappy. Counselling and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy will not only give you breathing space but will also give you an opportunity to explore how you think; understand what you are feeling; why you are feeling this way; and as a result identify positive strategies to cope better with a demanding lifestyle.

What is the first step?

By visiting my website you have already taken the first step.  The next step is to arrange a FREE no obligation consultation with me. This is a simple 30 minute informal, private and confidential chat enabling you to find out more about counselling and therapy and identify whether you feel comfortable around me and how the counselling and therapy can help you.  After your FREE consultation if you feel comfortable and satisfied that therapy will be of benefit to you then you will be booked in for your first session.

How many sessions will I need?

As counselling and therapy is a very personal process and one that is specific to the needs of each individual it is difficult to determine exactly how many sessions will be required.  It is common to have 15 – 20 sessions although a course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can be longer or shorter, depending on the nature and severity of your issue.

How long are the sessions?

Each session of either Counselling, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy or Coaching is 55 minutes.

How often will my sessions take place?

Your sessions can take place on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis.  The frequency of the sessions will be dependent on your emotional needs and how much time you need to reflect in between sessions.  It is  however both recommended and helpful to carry out sessions regularly without there being too long a gap between each session.

How much does it cost?

As previously mentioned there is no charge for your initial 30 minute consultation as this gives you the opportunity to decide if you would like us to work together.  The fees can be discussed during the consultation.

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Who will know that I am attending sessions?

The Counselling, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Coaching services are strictly private and confidential. You can rest assured that I will not discuss you or your details, with any third party.  All your personal records and details also remain strictly private and confidential.  No one will know that you are attending sessions unless you wish to inform them yourself.

Please note however that I adhere to the code of ethics set out by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).  Should I feel that you are at risk to yourself or to others then it will result in the breach of confidentiality.

I have already tried Counselling / Cognitive Behaviour Therapy / Coaching and it didn’t work, why should I try it again?

The fact that you are reading this is a sure sign that you still have hope and a desire to move forward in life.  You owe it to yourself to try again!

It is very common for individuals to try counselling / therapy / coaching and find it unhelpful or ineffective.  There could be a number of factors that may have contributed to this e.g. you may not have been ready for the counselling / therapy / coaching; you didn’t like the counselling or therapeutic approach that was used; or you didn’t feel comfortable with the therapist.

If you have tried counselling / therapy / coaching before and found it unhelpful, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it doesn’t work for you.  The key to successful counselling and therapy is a strong therapeutic alliance between the client and therapist, as this will help you progress through your emotional journey and create positive changes.

If the connection between the client and therapist is missing then this will have a major impact on how effective the sessions will be.

When deciding on a therapist, it is very important that you feel comfortable, at ease and able to speak freely with your therapist without feeling as though you are being judged.  Without these key elements being present, the therapeutic journey will be much more difficult and at times possibly ineffective.

To arrange your FREE no obligation consultation contact me today.