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Frequently Asked Questions

 

What happens in an initial consultation?

In an initial consultation, we have the opportunity to speak for around 15 minutes before you commit to booking a session. It can involve answering any questions you may have, having the opportunity to explain further how I work, and having a brief discussion about what has led you to reaching out for support.

Is counselling confidential?

Yes, all information that is discussed in our sessions is kept private between ourselves. In exceptional circumstances, some information may need to be shared with a third party, for example if required by law or for safeguarding purposes. This will be discussed further before and during our first session together.

What shall I talk about in my session?

In our sessions you will have the opportunity to talk openly about anything that is on your mind such as how you're feeling, what is going on for you, what has led you to accessing counselling and any difficulties you're facing. 

How many sessions will I need and how often will I need them?

For some people, it can be helpful to agree on a set amount of sessions as a starting point and reviewing this as we go, other times, having no limit on sessions can feel more comfortable. Sessions are usually offered on a weekly basis, however, sometimes fortnightly sessions may work better due to shift patterns or other commitments. 

 

Can somebody attend my session with me?

As I only offer individual counselling, I ask that nobody other than ourselves attend the session, whether that's a face to face, phone, or video session.

Does telephone or video counselling work?

Telephone and video counselling is just as effective as face to face sessions, and has some added advantages such as being able to access support from a remote location, which can be helpful for people such as students or those with health conditions.  

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