Frequently Asked Questions


1. What happens next?
Upon making a request for counselling, I will send you a Counselling Enquiry form, which I would appreciate you completing and returning, prior to our meeting. This gives a brief indication of the challenges you are facing and what you are hoping to achieve.

We can then agree on an initial assessment or pre-counselling session date and time. The purpose of this session is to determine if this is the right time for counselling and if I am the right therapist for you. It also enables me to hear a little more about you and consider if I might be able to help. An assessment may be conducted over more than one session, depending on the pace you are comfortable with. It gives the opportunity for you to ask any questions concerning my qualifications and ethical approach, as well as discussion around confidentiality and data protection.

If we agree to work together, we both make a commitment of time, energy and resources, so there will be a conversation regarding costs and time commitments. By the end of the session, we can agree a focus for our sessions and discuss the Counselling Agreement.

2. What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy? Which do I need?
Whilst counselling and psychotherapy are often words used interchangeably, there are differences. Counselling can help a person go through a time of change or identify problems; it offers support and a place to explore thoughts and feelings to gain a sense of greater control in your life.

Psychotherapy can be said to work at a greater depth and often takes longer. It explores recurring patterns and gives a better understanding of their roots, which may be hidden. It is helpful for those seeking personal growth and development as it increases self-awareness and self-understanding to find new meaning and direction in life. Psychotherapy tends to be more complex, often involving various mental health issues, so more training is highly recommended and preferrable to Master level.

Which therapy you choose will depend on what is bringing you to counselling, although they can often overlap.

3. How long will I need counselling for?
The duration of counselling depends on what you are coming for - you are in control. It is suggested that initially six sessions are most beneficial, after that we can review and see what insights and strategies you have gained and if you would like to continue.

4. What about confidentiality?
Sessions are private and confidential and counsellors will not share your information, unless you have given your express permission for them to do so. However, there may be rare circumstances in which the law requires counsellors to share specific details with other professionals (for example, when you or someone else is at risk of harm). These exceptions will be discussed fully in the first session.

5. What if I need to cancel or reschedule my appointment?
As this is a mutual commitment of time and your slot is 'your' slot, I would strongly ask that you give at least 48 hours' notice if you need to cancel or change your session or you will be charged.