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Frequently Asked Questions About Counselling

Psychotherapist Shrewsbury

What is counselling?

Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows you to discuss your experiences, thoughts and feelings in a confidential and safe environment. It is a space where you can be heard and have the time to express yourself in your own way and at your own pace.

What is a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor?

As a psychotherapeutic counsellor I view people holistically and in the context of their current situation and earlier life experiences. Through my own personal therapy I have developed the self-awareness and compassion needed to create helpful therapeutic relationships.

How does counselling help?

Many people find it easier to talk confidentially about sensitive issues with someone they don’t know and who isn’t part of their normal life. By providing a regular time to explore feelings and talk about your problems counselling can help you get new perspectives and a better understanding of your difficulties. You can then think about options for making changes and improving your wellbeing.

Will I be given advice?

Counsellors don’t usually give advice, but I will help you think about what choices are available to you. I may suggest areas to explore, but the sessions are your time and you can decide what is important to be talked about. The point of counselling is to help you make your own decisions. You will be encouraged to find positive solutions that you are comfortable with.

What if I don’t know what to say?

I don’t have any expectations and won’t mind if you want to sit quietly, or don’t know what to say at first. However, I’m not the sort of counsellor who acts as a ‘blank screen’, I believe that we will need to work together to help achieve your goals.

What sort of problems can counselling help with?

People seek counselling to treat problems like depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bereavement, relationship difficulties, trauma, family issues, identity issues, life-changes, confidence and self-esteem problems, work-place issues and stress. However, sometimes people just feel out of sorts, unhappy or alone and don’t know why. Whatever it is that is troubling you, it is worth spending some time exploring what is happening.

Do you work with issues around difference?

You will be welcomed regardless of your social, religious or ethnic background, your sexuality or gender identity. I am committed to promoting inclusion and am comfortable and competent to work with issues of identity and difference.

How many sessions will I need?

We will talk about how many sessions you might need, we might agree a certain number, or leave it open. We will regularly review how you feel the counselling is going.  Often we can make a difference in as few as 6 sessions.

You will decide when you are ready to finish.

Will you judge me?

No, I will listen without judging or criticising you. For counselling to be effective, you need to be able to trust and feel safe with me.

Will the Counselling be Confidential?

Anything you say in counselling will be kept between the two of us. Exceptions to this would be anything I was required by law to disclose, for example if you were a threat towards others. I discuss some of my work in confidential supervision, but my clients are never identified.

How much do appointments cost?

Appointments for individuals cost £40, appointments for couples cost £50.

How long do appointments last?

Appointments last 50 minutes

How do I pay?

You can pay by cheque or cash.

Do you have access for people with disabilities?

I am able to arrange for us to meet in a room with disabled access. If you have any other specific needs please let me know.

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