Frequently Asked Questions
What is counselling?
Not usually offering advice but instead giving you a fresh perspective, helping you find your own understanding of what you are dealing with, and teaching you coping strategies. We will work together to find what your goals are and what works for you.
It’s often easier to talk to a professional than a friend or family member, we will not be judging you and are not personally involved in your situation, therefore can offer impartial empathy and compassion, and will not take what you say personally.
Is counselling for me?
You may go to counselling because you are distressed and seeking help with a specific problem but you do not have to be in crisis to attend counselling sessions. Counselling is also very useful to simply gain greater confidence and move forward with your life more effectively.
What issues are suited to counselling?
The therapeutic relationship
As qualified counsellors we are trained to listen with empathy and openness to all you have to share. We are not there to tell you what to do or in any way judge you. Instead, we aim to help you develop a better understanding of yourself and others so that you can make positive choices for yourself.
Is it confidential?
Confidentiality does have it’s limitations due to legal and ethical reasons but these will be explained to you during consultation. We also see our own supervisors on a regular basis to ensure we work effectively and ethically with all clients.
We will always make sure your personal details remain anonymous. If We feel we have to breach confidentiality for any reason, we would always aim to discuss this with you first.
What results can I expect from counselling sessions?
In general, results include, but are not limited to, a greater understanding of self and others, a clearer perspective on your life, clarity on what you would like your future to look like and how to move towards this, an understanding of what makes you happy and how to make positive choices, and a better ability to handle stress and anxiety.