What if I come to the initial consultation and don’t want to have counselling with you?

That is absolutely fine, the initial consultation is for you to check that you are happy to have counselling. Once you have had your initial consultation it’s up to you to decide whether or not you wish to start counselling or not.

Why can’t I just talk to a friend?

Talking to family and friends can be very helpful, however, what if you want to talk about them? A person who is not involved and unbiased can offer a fresh perspective. The therapist is focused on you without preconceptions or assumptions, and you have their uninterrupted time to talk about your concerns.

Why are the sessions weekly?

Counselling is a commitment and weekly sessions allows a regular time to engage with whatever it is that has brought you to counselling.

Do I need to talk about my childhood?

You don’t have to talk about anything that you don’t feel comfortable and ready to talk about. In order to get to know you it is important to have some understanding of your psychological past and understanding your childhood can be helpful in this respect.

Would a longer session be better?

Although a longer session might sound helpful, it’s important to remember that therapy has an impact, particularly if you’ve never shared your thoughts and feelings with anyone before.

What is supervision?

Working therapists attend regular supervision. This means that they have a confidential discussion about their work, with another more senior therapist. It helps to ensure that the therapist provides the best service to you.

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

CBT is a particular approach that has a behavourial focus, and we may use some CBT strategies as part of the work, if it is helpful and is something you would like to try.

If you have any other queries or questions please don’t hesitate to contact one of us and we will be happy to answer them.