Counselling can be a daunting prospect, here are some frequently asked questions about the process.
What will happen in a session?
Counselling is very individual and no two people will have the same experience. However what is imperative is the quality of the relationship and the trust that builds between us. In session we will explore what is going on in your life, understanding from your perspective with great care and sensitivity. At the same time there will be clear boundaries in place to ensure that you feel safe and respected at all times. Much of what happens in session is verbally conveyed, however we might use the arts or other expressive forms to explore and unpick specific situations and feelings. As a client, you cannot go wrong in session and you will be guided safely to explore what is going on for you.
How many sessions do I need?
Again, counselling is unique to each individual. Much can be achieved in a small number of sessions, however many take longer than this in order to work at their own pace and explore issues safely and within an unrushed, comfortable timeframe. You are free to end your sessions at any time and we will review our work regularly together.
Who knows about my counselling?
Only you and those that you have told will know that you are coming to counselling. There are strict boundaries that I work within with respect to confidentiality and these will be clearly explained to you in our first session. If you are a young person (below the age of 18) it is likely that your parent(s) or guardian will know that you are attending - this is usually for practical reasons. In our first session together I will explain to your parent or guardian how the process works from your perspective. This will not take up too much of your session. If you are 18 or over then this is not necessary.
How do you manage my data?
I will have your email and phone number in order to contact you regarding appointments. Other than this your information will not be shared unless it is necessary due to an onward referral to another agency, but this would be done with your consent. Any other notes are stored in a secure and locked storage system in an anyonmous and confidential manner.