I’ve never seen a counsellor before, what can I expect?
Talking to a counsellor about the problems you may be experiencing is different from talking to friends and relatives. Whilst friends and relatives can be helpful, they may struggle to remain impartial and may want to give you advice and remedies that you don’t always fit.
Counsellors are trained professionals who have a range of skills to help you to work through the difficulties that you encounter and help you to find your own solutions. Counsellors are non-judgemental and offer you a confidential and safe environment to talk.
What happens at the initial meeting with the counsellor?
The counsellor will talk to you about what you can expect from counselling. She will describe her professional background and talk to you about confidentiality and the counsellor/client relationship. You will have the opportunity to talk about your problems and what you hope to gain from counselling. During the first meeting you and the counsellor will explore how you might work together towards an outcome that is effective and helpful to you.
Sometimes the counsellor may suggest that an alternative service or a different counselling approach may be more helpful to you. Equally, you may decide after the initial meeting, that what the counsellor has to offer is not right for you.
How many counselling sessions will I need?
The number of counselling sessions will vary from person to person, depending on the nature of the problem and the impact that it is having on the individual (or couple). The average number of sessions is 6, but some people may require more and some people will require less.
When you first meet with the counsellor you will have the opportunity to talk about your problem, what you hope to gain from counselling and how long it may take to get there.
How much will it cost?
Individuals are charged £40 per hour and couples are charged £50 per hour.