How does counselling work?

Beginning a course of counselling can seem a bit daunting to start with, so it’s useful to know what to expect.

Here are a few FAQs to help you get a better picture.

Why might I want to have counselling?

People have counselling for all kinds of reasons.  Some of these are listed here. You may be going through some kind of crisis and feel like you have nowhere to turn, or you may simply feel like your life is somehow unsatisfying, and you’d like to change it in some way. You may agree with one of the following:

I want to learn from the present and find solutions

I want to understand how my thoughts and actions influence my feelings, and how to change this

I want to understand past experiences and feelings better

How can counselling help me?

Counselling won’t “fix” you or provide a magical solution to your problems.  It will mean you look at what you are doing that creates difficulties for you, and help you to find your own ways to make positive changes.  It may not feel like it, but I believe you have your own answers- it’s a matter of finding them.  It is worth noting that sometimes looking into yourself like this can be a challenge, and the journey can take you out of your comfort zone.

How do I make a start?

The Informed Consent Form may look a little daunting, but it gives you a clear idea what to expect from counselling with me. You are considering making changes to your life, and it is important to know as much as possible before committing.

If you then decide you would like to start with counselling, then download, print and sign the Informed Consent Form to show you have understood it, and return it to me at 32 Stirling Rd, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 7DT (you can email me a scan of the page with your signature if you prefer). This does not commit you to anything- you can stop counselling at any time, though I would normally suggest you allow six sessions to see if it is for you.

It is helpful if you can complete the online assessment form as fully as possible, and return it to me. This gives me a chance to learn a little about you before we start, and saves time in the initial session.

How long will I be in counselling?

It depends on you.  Sometimes the things you want to deal with can be resolved in a few- maybe 6 sessions.  It is even possible a single session may help.  In other cases, you may want longer to understand why things are the way they are with you, or you may find different issues unfolding as we work together.  We will review your progress after 6 weeks, and then from time to time during your therapy.

Where will the counselling take place?

If you opt for online or telephone counselling, then you can do this from your own home. Otherwise it will take place in a counselling room in Chichester or in Carhaix-Plouguer, France.

What happens?

In face-to-face counselling, we will meet for 50 minutes, once a week, in a private consulting room.  You are in control of what we talk about.  As an Integrative counsellor, I adapt the way I work to meet your needs.

With telephone counselling, we will agree a time for weekly sessions, with the option for more if you would prefer.

In online counselling, we will establish communication, which may be “live”- such as messaging, text, or FaceTime, or delayed, as in email.  We will agree how often this will happen.  

How private is counselling?

Everything we discuss is completely confidential, unless you tell me something that makes me believe you might be in immediate danger of hurting yourself or someone else. I meet with my supervisor on a regular basis, and the work with you will be discussed in a professional and anonymous way.  Any records that are kept, are anonymous and securely stored, and are shredded when our work ends.

Online work is encrypted.

I comply with the Data Protection Act

How much does it cost?

Initial consultation: FREE (30 mins)

Individual private face-to-face counselling-: £40-£55 per hour, dependant on income and employment status

*Telephone counselling : £40 (50 mins)

*Video conferencing: £40 (50 mins)

*Online counselling- email: £40 per week. 2 email exchanges

*Payable in advance

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