What Can You Expect From Counselling?
How long is a session?
Sessions last for 50 minutes unless you require a different time for some reason.
How many sessions will I need?
Some people only need a few sessions, others need many more, but we will discuss this together and review the number of sessions at regular intervals or whenever you ask for a review. It is imperative that we are both happy with our working agreement so that a sense of trust can be established as soon as possible. You may also need to stick to a budget which we can work around.
Can I say what I really think?
You can expect to be listened to and respected no matter what your point of view and have the freedom to explore what you really feel about a person or situation, even if it feels culturally wrong.
Are you properly qualified to do this?
I am fully qualified: I have a Certificate in Counselling Studies, a Certificate in Counselling Skills and a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Person Centred). This involves 4 years of study part time and before you can receive your diploma qualification you must complete at least 100 hours of counselling with clients in an agency setting. I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and adhere to their code of ethics. If you have further questions about counselling and prefer to research for yourself rather than contact me directly, you could visit their website for more information.
Do you keep up with new research?
In order to practice ethically I must participate in continued personal development in order to keep up with recent theories, research and practices, this will hopefully mean that I will not become stale or stuffy! I have to add here that theories and research are very necessary, and as a counsellor I love to study them, but I strongly believe that a person must be accepted as they are and cannot be put into a theory box.
Will my faith be taken into consideration?
As a Christian, I am happy for you to incorporate into the counselling session as much or as little of your faith as you are comfortable with.