Below are answers to some common questions about counselling,
but you can always ring or email me too.
How long do sessions last?
Counselling sessions last for up to 50 minutes. Coaching sessions vary and you can discuss this in your first session. Therapy works best if you can commit to regular, usually weekly sessions. If you are unable to commit to this, then I am happy to discuss other options with you to meet your individual needs.
Coaching & Counselling: What's the difference?
Generally speaking Counselling seeks to alleviate distress and, by helping the Client to understand themselves, their emotions and how past experiences impact the present enable their healing, ability to cope with life and their growth as a person.
Coaching tends to not explore emotion quite so deeply, though there are times when emotional understanding is a key factor to progress. Coaching is tuned more to the present and future; identifying goals and barriers; discovering and rediscovering the Client's own values and priorities.
Imagine your life is like a lake.
Counselling is like a deep diver who goes right to the depths of the lake and explores carefully and in detail.
Coaching is more like a boat on the waters' surface, going in a definite direction. The boat is just as involved in the lake but in a different way and sometimes the rowers will dive someway into the lake to discover ways to improve the boat's journey.
Will what I talk about stay between us?
Counselling is a confidential process and my first consideration is safety, especially yours. If I become concerned that there may be a high of significant harm to you or someone else I will act accordingly, always keeping confidentiality as much as possible. At our first session we will discuss this in more detail, where I will explain the exceptions to confidentiality in greater detail.
Coaching sessions are less likely to include the same kind of confidential content so are more likely
Counselling sessions will be held in a quiet room, away from disturbance or anyone who could accidentally overhear.
Coaching tends not to include the same depth of emotional exploration so it is often possible to meet in a more public place such as a hotel lounge for these sessions.
And of course you are more than welcome to meet with me in the Counselling room.
What is the BACP?
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy is one of the main professional associations for Counsellors in the UK. I am a Registered Member of the BACP, which means I adhere to their Ethical Framework.
Part of my responsibilities as a registered member of the BACP include attending regular Supervision, and continuing to expand my knowledge by taking part in continuing professional development. I am listed on the BACP's Therapist Directory.
What is Supervision?
Supervision provides me with the opportunity to reflect in depth about all aspects of my practice. It helps to ensure that my work is safe, ethical and as effective as possible.
Supervision is beneficial to both the counsellor and the clients they see. It is compulsory for all members of BACP.
I have more questions about counselling, where can I turn to for answers?
Please feel free to contact me with any further questions you may have.