What is counselling?
Counselling can be seen as short term, looking at specific issues or goals and often related to the present.
How do counselling and psychotherapy help?
Counselling and psychotherapy involve a safe, supportive and respectful therapeutic relationship which can help you
- feel listened to
- come to terms with the past
- increase your self-awareness
- understand your part in relationships
- identify & change unhelpful behaviour patterns
- set goals and achieve them
- make new choices and decisions
Therapeutic process: I carry out an initial assessment interview to see if we both feel we can work together. We then agree on a specific number of sessions. At the end of this we jointly assess our progress and decide whether further sessions will be helpful. If we cannot work together wherever possible I will assist you by providing alternative contacts.
Sessions: Are weekly at a regular time; they last for fifty minutes (or 1¼ hours for couples). If you are late arriving for a session we will terminate at the usual time to allow me to fulfil my other appointments for the day.
Contact: I have a telephone answering machine. If I need to contact you, I just leave my name and number. If this is not acceptable please let me know.
Confidentiality: I treat all information disclosed to me by you as confidential. However, if I believe that you are in danger of harming yourself or others, or that a child is at risk, I reserve the right to inform outside agencies but would not do, wherever possible, without discussing this with you first. If you disclose information about certain criminal or terrorist offences I have a professional obligation to tell outside agencies without informing you first.