COUNSELLING WITH ME
What to expect
Counselling starts with an assessment session that is intended to discuss what issues you wish to work through. From this, I will advise if couple counselling, individual counselling or some other service is the best way forward. If couple counselling is agreed I will see each of you for a one to one session in the following two weeks and then come back together for on going sessions.
Once you go forward for on going counselling we will agree a mutually suitable weekly session. If you have a routine work pattern then this will be the same slot each week. If you have a flexible work pattern then this will vary each week, with as much pre-booking as your work arrangement allows. The sessions are usually 50minutes long but there are circumstances with couple sessions whereby the duration will be set at 70minutes. These are usually where the story is difficult to tell.
Counselling is goal orientated. We use the assessment session to agree what you want to work on. I will ensure that we are working towards your goals through regular reviews of progress and assessing emerging issues.
Counselling takes on many different time frames. There is short term counselling, which is up to 8 sessions, medium term, which is up to 24 sessions and long term counselling, which can be without time limit. There is also returning counselling to anyone who has received previous counselling and feels that they have reached a point whereby they have put into practice lessons from counselling but want to return for a new goal or to strengthen previous work.
We review the counselling through wellbeing forms that I ask you to complete at the outset and every four weeks and in the sessions. I encourage an open dialogue as to the value of the therapy, timeframes we are encountering and outcomes that you are experiencing.
Ending with clients is an important part of the process and in an ideal scenario time is taken to end the sessions and discuss future options.
Supervision is an essential part of providing counselling and I undergo this on a regular basis and adhere to BACP ethical standards.