Frequently Asked Questions

When you choose a counsellor ensure that they have a qualification which is recognised by a professional body. This will show the therapist has completed a minimum of 450 hours of client work and also achieved the required supervision for face 2 face client work. If you’re still unsure, you can contact their professional body in order to verify their qualifications.

Why should the therapist I choose be a member of a professional body ie BACP?

To be a member of a professional body the therapist is agreeing to meet certain criteria:- partake in regular supervision, continue their professional development and hold valid insurance.

How will I know if my therapist is insured?

By being a member of the professional body you are required to hold insurance. Professional bodies audit their therapists at random to ensure that they are working professionally which includes holding insurance, having supervision and continuing their development.

Is therapy confidential?

Yes it is a space for you to talk openly to somebody who is there for you. Confidentiality sometimes has to be broken. This only happens if you tell me that you or somebody else is at serious risk of harm, I will always discuss this with you first.

What happens if my situation gets worse before I see you?

If you feel suicidal or scared of harming yourself you can contact your GP, or dial 111 and choose option 2 – your situation will be assessed by a mental health professional who will give you information on what to do next. Alternatively you can contact The Samaritans (16+) 116 123 (free of charge) ChildLine (Under 16) 0800 1111 Free of charge) If you feel that your situation is getting worse I would advise you to contact your GP immediately.

Will you tell my family?

No, only if you ask me to talk to them. Confidentiality will only be broken if I feel that you or somebody is at serious risk of harm.

How will I know if my counsellor is qualified?

When you choose a counsellor ensure that they have a qualification which is recognised by a professional body. This will show the therapist has completed a minimum of 450 hours of client work and also achieved the required supervision for face 2 face client work. If you’re still unsure, you can contact their professional body in order to verify their qualifications.

What happens if I see you in the street?

I’m afraid that we would need to keep it confidential so it is easier not to communicate outside the therapy sessions.

How many sessions will I need?

That depends on the individual client, their issues and circumstances, how deep rooted their issues are and the emotions attached. I would normally review after 6 sessions,

How long does each session last?

The therapy sessions are 50 minutes long.

How regular should I see the therapist?

It is recommended that you see your therapist on a weekly basis, but sometimes fortnightly can be arranged. Speak to your therapist.

What happens if I can’t make a session?

If you cannot make your appointed session please can you inform me via telephone, text or email. Please can you give 24+ hour’s notice. Any cancellation within 24 hours will incur a cancellation fee which is the normal rate of a session.

I may be very emotional, does that matter?

No, the purpose of counselling is so that you can talk about your emotions without being judged which can help with the healing process, it is a safe place to explore your thoughts and feelings in a confidential environment.

Where can I park my car?

There is plenty of roadside parking and if the driveway is not in use, you are more than welcome to park on the drive.

What if I don’t want to have counselling anymore?

If you decide that you would like to end your counselling you will need to discuss this with your therapist in order to bring your therapy to a satisfactory close. I would also encourage you to do an ending session.

What happens if I have ended but need more?

That is okay as I understand that life can be very much up and down. Once your sessions have ended, you will have time to process your therapy. You will be able to work with the tools that you have gained from therapy. You may feel over time that you need to revisit something or you may need to work through something else. It is ok to return to therapy.