about counselling

about counselling


Why Counselling or Psychotherapy?

Sometimes we are not comfortable talking to family and friends about things that may be troubling us, and we may wish to meet up with a professional therapist, in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental setting. Talking with a professional that you can trust, assists clients to discuss difficult and sometimes painful topics. This might include opening up about difficult life events, enduring experiences including low mood and depression, ways of thinking, difficulties in relationships and patterns of behaviour. Some problems stem from early experiences in childhood, whilst more recent events also have an impact, including bereavement and loss, stressful work situations, physical illness or the fallout from a traumatic event.

How many sessions will I need? 

The number of sessions depends on a range of variables and circumstances. This is an important consideration that will be discussed at the initial session. On the one hand, short-term counselling/psychotherapy tends to deal with issues that have surfaced recently in your life – at work or in a relationship, for instance – and may need only a short course of therapy for you to one again gain control. Typically, 6-12 sessions might be required to achieve such a satisfactory outcome. Longer -term or open-ended counselling/psychotherapy, on the other hand, might be more appropriate if you have been experiencing difficulties for an extended period of time, or there have been some traumatic events in your life. This approach will enable us to explore the issue(s) in greater detail whilst allowing you the time to find solutions, or perhaps, gain a deeper sense of understanding and acceptance.

During therapy, we will periodically review how the work is going and if anything needs to be addressed. This includes working towards a planned ending..

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