What to expect in a counselling session

Just like dating, meeting for the first time can feel a little daunting. Especially when you have a heavy heart or just not thinking clearly. Part of the first session is getting to know each other, your expectations from the sessions, how I work and if we’re a good fit to work together.  Session duration is 60 minutes.

Anyone and everyone.  Is counselling a sign of weakness? Hell no! It’s the ones that want to give up their time to share their struggles with someone outside of their circle; that want to gain structure, peace, clarity in their lives and overall just get stronger.

I go through some questions about what is happening in your life, your mood and generally your health.  I will ask some basic questions about your family, support and relationships.  In addition, we’ll discuss what has bought you to counselling and what your goals are.  Questioning is a way for me (and you) to gain a deeper understanding.

I will go through some questions about what is happening in your life, your mood and generally your health.  I will ask some basic questions about your family, support and relationships.  In addition, we’ll discuss what has bought you to counselling and what your goals are.  Questioning is a way for me (and you) to gain a deeper understanding.

To get the most out of counselling sessions, you will usually attend at least three (3). It’s important to know counselling isn’t a quick fix nor a magic wand over issues.  Counselling can offer self-awareness and build on strengths. It can help you get back to baseline and beyond.  Most people will have between 3-10 sessions.  The timeframe in between sessions is agreed upon each time.

Everything that a client brings into the room stays within the walls and I do not discuss it with another counsellor, reception staff or when I go home in my everyday life.

Legally in this profession counsellors have to go to supervision. These supervision sessions are used to discuss something that might be troubling me or I would like a different viewpoint on.

There are situations when I may be required to disclose information about a client. This may involve client records, or information about a client, to third parties where there is a direct and imminent threat to the safety or health of the client or of another person. For example, a counsellor may be required to provide information to protect the client from suicide or self-harm, to assist in the care or treatment of the client, or to prevent harm to another person.

Everything that a client brings into the room stays within the walls and I don’t discuss it with another counsellor, reception or when I go home in my everyday life.

Legally in this profession counsellors have to go to supervision. These supervision sessions are used to discuss something that might be troubling me or I would like a different viewpoint on.

There are situations when I may be required to disclose information about a client. This may involve client records, or information about a client, to third parties where there is a direct and imminent threat to the safety or health of the client or of another person. For example, a counsellor may be required to provide information to protect the client from suicide or self-harm, to assist in the care or treatment of the client, or to prevent harm to another person.

As a courtesy to me and others that are in need of my services, please let me know as soon as possible. Cancellations within 24 hours are charged at 50%. 

Part of being a counsellor is professional development. Having a love of learning and of helping people, I attend a wide variety of workshops, courses and conferences each year.  Topics such as types of therapy for example positive psychology, CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy. As well as issues such as relationships, anxiety, post natal depression, attachment, trauma through to the latest advances in neuroscience to name a few.

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