Here are my responses to frequently asked questions:
Where will the sessions be held?
I practice out of professional rooms at the Tarka Clinic in Barnstaple and The Heart Centre in Combe Martin.
How long is the Therapy?
Sessions are 50 minutes long. This is because it has been found to be the optimum time for one to one work. After which people can react in various ways, for example they may feel very tired or very uplifted. It is important to be prepared that you might need to take it easy after a session.
The amount of sessions varies from person to person, as no one person is the same.
You might find that six sessions is enough, or you it might be looking at long term support or anything in between. I recommend that we meet for an initial six weeks and then review for further sessions.
How do I know it is confidential?
I work under an ethical framework, set out by the BACP, where confidential practice is paramount. When we first meet I will ask you to sign a contract of work.
I will only break this contract if I feel you are at risk to self or others or breaking the law. Then I would inform you of my intended action and reasons why and hopefully you would consent to this protection of your safety and mine.
For safe practice I attend monthly supervision. This requires discussion of client cases in which the client’s identity is kept hidden.
What if I can’t think of anything to say?
This is a very common worry. As a personal-centred counsellor you can feel assured that I will only explore areas you are ready to lead me. If you are lost for words, the healing can still take place. I am skilled in approaching issues in different ways that will open up the discussion.
What if counselling makes me feel worse?
Therapy can be a painful process and often we can feel worse before it gets better.
However the work is worthwhile. It allows us to become aware, unstuck and heard. People often find once they start the process that they unburden, leaving them feeling lighter and more resourced to deal with their problems.
I am very mindful in each session that the client leaves feeling grounded and safe. Personal Centred counsellors believe that the client will only bring what they are individually ready to explore. As the work progresses clients start to notice the benefit. Therapy helps to release our full potential, moving us forward to lead a happier and more fulfilled life.
If you are considering coming to counselling and there are any questions you would like to ask please do not hesitate to contact me. I also offer the free half hour session in which you can address any queries and see if counselling is for you at this moment in time.