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About Counselling
When should I seek counselling?
It is important to recognize when you are having difficulties and seek help as soon as possible. If you are having a hard time performing your usual daily routine, adjusting to changes you have recently experienced or something has been bothering you for a while, it is probably good to see someone. Often times, talking to a trained professional helps and counselling can provide you with the support you need.
How can Counselling help me?
An independent Counsellor can offer you assistance with emotional and family difficulties, who is outside of your family, social, and work networks. Counselling takes place within a safe, confidential, environment. A Counsellor will listen and may ask you questions to assist you think matters through. Counselling may offer an opportunity to examine problems and concerns through a process of careful consideration of your thoughts and feelings assisting you find a way through your difficulties.
Is your service confidential?
Counselling and Psychotherapy are completely confidential. It is a professional requirement that clinical supervision of the casework takes place at least once a month. This is also completely confidential. On very rare occasions, when the safety of particularly children may be at risk, it may be necessary to break confidentiality but not without discussing it with the client first. I adhere to the B.A.C.P. “Ethical framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy”.
How long is a Counselling session and how many sessions will I need?
A Counselling session lasts an hour. An initial consultation is offered to a client, during which an assessment is made of their difficulties, and to see how I may be of assistance. The number of sessions will depend on the client’s level of difficulties. In order to ensure you are benefiting from Counselling at this time we have regular reviews of your progress.
How will you know if counselling has been successful?
Counselling is successful when you are empowered to take good and constructive action on your on behalf.
At the end of counselling you will be left with a sense of being better able to manage your personal circumstances and a greater sense of personal ‘agency’ to influence the events in your own life. You will have an enhanced emotional ‘tool kit” to help you make decisions and to see things more clearly
What sort of topics or experiences are suitable for a counselling session?
Any subjects or experiences, from an everyday concern to a unique circumstance or situation (like a separation) are suitable for a counselling session. Counselling addresses concerns across many lifestyle and life stage events and circumstances.
Common reasons why people seek out counselling include:
• Relationship difficulties, e.g. frequent fights, extramarital affairs, sexual worries, loss of intimacy.
• Illness, grief and loss.
• Life transition and adjustment issues.
• Personal growth and understanding.
• Addictive behaviours.
• Sexuality and sexual identity.
• Anxiety, stress or depression.
• Individuals or couples considering marriage.
• New parents facing change.
• Bringing up teenagers.
• Separation or divorce issues.
• Loneliness.
• Adjustment to step-family arrangements.
• Violence and abuse in the relationship.
• Workplace problems, retrenchment or retirement.
General Questions
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Can a marriage last given the number of divorces taking place daily?
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