Some of the most frequently asked questions we get around Counselling I have tried to answer below for you.  If you have any questions that you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact us?

What is counselling?

Counselling is a process that enables you to talk about the issues that are a part of your life.  By attentively listening to you, the Counsellor can begin to understand the issues that are current for you from your perspective.  This may help you to gain a clearer understanding of whatever may be on your mind once the work begins.  It is normally an agreed amount of sessions or long term therapy that is regularly reviewed, it is important to attend all agreed sessions.

What does the counselling process involve?

One of the most important aspects of the counselling process is the quality of the relationship between you and your counsellor.  Hopefully, as the professional relationship develops you may find it easier to open up and talk about various issues that are a part of your life. It may include homework or creative therapies but most importantly the exploration of any issues and the emotions they evoke.  The journey of counselling is a unique process and different for each individual.

Will the counsellor give me advice?

The counsellor’s role is not to give advice.  The counsellor can help you explore the options available to you and support you through the process of getting ready to make decisions, and helping you to consider the benefits or consequences of your decision making process.

Does it mean that I am weak if I decide to have counselling?

It takes a lot of courage to admit that there are things in your life that you are not happy with and maybe want to change.  It does not mean that you are weak if you decide to have counselling, and all counsellors are obliged to have counselling too as part of their training.

Will everything I say be kept confidential?

Counsellors work to a code of ethics which means that any limits of confidentiality will be made clear before the start of any sessions and an agreement made.  Our organisation is also registered with The Information Commision and comply with all elements for registration including the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).