Never been to counselling and not sure what to expect? Or maybe you have been to counselling but want to understand how I operate? See the answers to popular questions below.
If your question isn’t answered, please get in touch.
How do I know when it is time to get support?
Some people start counselling when their ‘symptoms’ become a barrier in their life. Instead of treating the ‘symptoms’ which are on the surface level (depression, anxiety, irritability, anger etc), I will help you to get to the root of it all, in a gentle, non-judgemental and empathic way and working at your pace.
Who do you work with?
At this time I am only working with adults 18 years and older, across all genders. If you have a disability and we are meeting in person, please let me know so I can ensure measures are put into place for a comfortable setting.
What type of therapy is offered?
I am a Person-Centred counsellor, which is one of the Humanistic counselling modalities. In simple terms this means I will listen to you without judgement and with empathic understanding. Metaphorically, I will walk a mile in your shoes, but keeping my own socks on. I do tend to use analogies and metaphors during the sessions to help the client visualise the ‘issue at hand’ in another way.
My role as counsellor is to help you find your answers. This is accomplished by offering you a space where you can be courageous, albeit in your uncomfortableness, to hold that mirror up to yourself and take a good look at it every now and then.
How long does therapy last?
There are no set number of sessions required so this is entirely your choice.
Some people only want short-term work, perhaps to address a very specific issue or goal, and this can be worked through in a relatively short amount of time.
I do, however ask that if you are working through complex trauma that you commit to a minimum of 6-months of weekly therapy. This is due to the nature of the work and is classed as long-term counselling. We would discuss this in the initial session and as part of our counselling agreement.
What payment methods do you accept?
I accept bank transfer, cash or cheque at the time of the session or in advance as agreed. I can provide a receipt for your records if requested.
What happens in the first session?
In the initial telephone assessment, this is the time to get a brief history of who you are as client and what you want to focus on for your sessions. We would then make the decision whether we feel we can best work with each other.
In the first counselling session, after the initial telephone assessment, I would supply you with a counselling agreement which goes through general information on counselling and confidentiality, cancellation policy, etc. After this time, I would invite you to say more about what brings you to counselling. Each week thereafter, you don’t have to focus on that initial statement – because ‘life happens’ and no one lives in a ‘preserving jar’, life changes, is complicated and I will follow you on the journey you are taking.