FAQs

Here are the answers to some commonly-asked questions.  If you still haven’t found what you’re looking for, scroll down and send your question in.

How long will I need counselling for?

Whilst it’s a commonly-asked question, you are the best placed to answer this.  Building in regular reviews as part of the counselling work can help ensure that the counselling remains focused.  6-12 sessions would be classed as short-term work; longer-term work, 6 months or more.

How do I know if you’re the right counsellor for me?

The best way is to call me or better still, meet me for an initial consultation session.  This is your opportunity to ask any questions you have and see if the chemistry feels right.

Will I be counselled whilst lying on a couch?

Whilst some counsellors and therapists ask that you lie on a couch during sessions, working with me will involve us both sitting in armchairs facing one another.

Will I have to talk about my childhood?

If we take it as a given that we are all shaped to some extent by our pasts, then you may find it helpful to talk about your childhood.  However, it certainly is not a prerequisite for counselling work, and you may in fact want to talk about different parts of your past, or not want to talk much about your past at all.

What if I or my partner want to see you individually?

When I see couples I do not see the partners individually.  The couple is the client. If one partner is late I do not start the session.  If one partner cannot make the appointment, it’s
considered a cancelled session. This ensures that the primary relationship I
have with you is as a couple and keeps me neutral and available for the both of
you.

Do I have to prepare for counselling sessions?

Some clients give thought to what they are going to talk about before coming to a counselling session; others just talk about what comes up for them when they arrive.  You may also decide to do some specific work in between sessions which we can decide upon as we work together.

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