Problems can arise at any point in our lives and can vary considerably in size from person to person. Each person is unique and will view a problem differently from someone else. Therefor if you have a problem and it is causing upset, no matter how big or small and you do not know how to resolve it,it is a problem to be brought to counselling.
If you are experiencing a problem which is affecting you it is not too small to share and seek help for. Part of feeling silly is because we compare ourselves and our problems to other peoples, or listen to what they have to say. Remember their view of a problem will probably be very different from yours because there is no such thing as "normal". Another assumption people often make is that they are alone in feeling the way they do. This is simply not true, sometimes there is a huge relief in simply knowing that many other people feel the same way, that you are not alone and that there is nothing seriously wrong with you. Just because other people "appear" to be coping and sailing through life does not mean it is true. What ever your problem, we will treat you and your problem with respect, empathy and compassion.
If your problem/problems relate to anything on our problem pages we will be able to help. We have over 20 years of experience and have worked with most areas of pain and suffering. No therapist is equipped to deal with every situation or problem brought to them by clients. With years of training and experience, together with ongoing "Continued Professional Development" we will always listen to you. If there is an area that we feel unable to help with we will do our best to refer you to another organisation better able to help you.
Firstly, our aim is to provide you with a safe place in which to be heard, in a non-judgemental, warm environment, where trust can begin be built between us. The first meeting is called an "initial assessment," (approx 55 minutes long), This meeting is not in itself a commitment to start therapy. I would outline confidentiality, boundaries, fees and other relevant information. I would welcome any questions that you may have about the way we work etc. I would ask you to give a brief history of your self, covering any aspects that you feel are relevant, outlining your presenting problem and why you are considering counselling. I believe that Counselling is about people and relationships, therefore, at the end this session, if we both feel comfortable with each and I believe that I am able to offer you the help you require, we would make an appointment for your counselling to start.
We maintain the highest possible levels of confidentiality in order to respect our client’s privacy and to create the trust essential for effective counselling to take place. I adhere to the UKCP and B.A.C.P codes of ethics, therefore do not give out any information about you unless someones safety is at risk or we are obliged to do so by law. Before any confidentiality is broken we would discuss the issue in great depth and agree on a suitable course of action. Every registered/accredited counsellor/therapist undertakes supervision on a regular basis. Whilst your issues may be raised your name would not be revealed to the supervisor.
Because our counselling is totally non judgemental and we believe everyone is equal I offer counselling to anyone, irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation, age, religion or culture.
This is a very difficult question to answer. It will depend on the type of problem/s you are experiencing. If I am using CBT for current here and now problems it may be as little as 8 to 12 sessions. For slightly more involved and deeper problems from a few weeks to months or for deep trauma and historical complex issues it may go into a year or more. In general clients have found it easier to think of counselling as their very own journey. Some journeys are shorter than others depending on history and the many currently changing dynamics. We would have regular reviews together to gauge your progress and work together until you have reached a stage on your journey where we both feel confident that your problem has reached a place of resolution or healing.
This will also depend on the type of problem/s we are attempting to resolve/heal. If it is short term counselling, most clients notice a degree of change quite quickly, simply because the problems are generally reactive to current issues and not historical. For longer term counselling the change is generally more subtle and not so immediate because there is more deeper work to process. The length of time counselling takes, no matter what the problem will be affected by client’s commitment to attend regularly, reflect on each session, do any home work, engage thoroughly with the process and where possible bring their session into every day life. As above, we do gauge our clients progress through out our time together to evaluate progress and to see if there are any changes we need to make etc. Your well-being is our priority so regular assessment is essential.
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