Frequently asked questions about telephone, video and face to face counselling
How much will it cost?
Prices are £50 per 50 minute face to face session.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions you need will be unique to you. To begin with, working together for 4 sessions usually gives enough time to see how we might work together. After this you can talk with me about how you feel the process is going. You might feel better for having spoken to someone outside of your normal circle of friends or family, or you might feel that you want to explore things in more depth. After this I review after 6 sessions and again after 12. Long term counselling is set at 20-30 sessions.
What happens if I feel really emotional?
Talking to someone about how you are feeling can be very emotional - especially if you have never told anyone what you are going through or what you have been through in the past. There is no right or wrong way to be when you come to counselling. There is nothing wrong with feeling strong emotions and there is nothing wrong if you don't. We can work together to explore these feelings in a gentle way and to try and make sense of them.
Will counselling help me?
Counselling can provide you with the space to explore your hopes, fears and feelings and can help you make sense of what it is that you are going through. You might feel in crisis or may have suffered a loss. You might be feeling anxious, scared or depressed. An important relationship may have ended or you may be arguing with your, partner, children or a family member, or you may be feeling stuck or unhappy with the direction your life is going in. Counselling can help with all these issues, but it doesn't necessarily 'fix' everything and can sometimes be a long and painful process.
All of my work is outcome measured so you can see the progress that you are making.
How will it help?
Discussing patterns in relationships can often be an important part of the work we do together. Our early relationships have a huge effect on how we think and feel about ourselves. Sometimes we take these patterns of relating forwards into our teenage years and adulthood. Sometimes these patterns can feel unhealthy or we may feel unfulfilled in our relationships.
We might see that we seem to choose the same kinds of partners or feel that wherever we go the people we meet seem to react to us in a similar way. Counselling can help you look at these early relationships and together we can try and make sense of what might be happening now.
Counselling can also help identify patterns of behaviour that might not be as useful now as they once were, it can help to develop coping mechanisms and can also provide space for you to explore different ways of thinking and viewing the world. It can help offer a different perspective and offer the opportunity to heal.