The counselling process FAQ

People always have lots of questions about counselling, and whilst it is a very individual process, there are some questions that crop up quite frequently. Here are some of those. Please donít hesitate to contact me if you have a question not covered here.

How long will it take?

Iím afraid it is impossible to say. Each case is different and people respond to counselling and psychotherapy in different ways. What I can guarantee is that your counselling program will be individually tailored to you and designed to help you resolve your issues at your own pace.

Will I be asked to talk about my childhood?

Itís a bit of a clichť that counsellors always ask their clients to talk about their childhood. You will find that your sessions with a counsellor are wide ranging and will include a great number of topics, some of which you may not realise are related to your particular problem or issue. My skill as a counsellor is in understanding how all these topics are related and how the mind interconnects them, so that we can make sense of them and really get to the route of the problem.

Will I need to tell anyone Iím having counselling?

Not if you donít want to. Counselling is a very personal process, and whilst some people find it useful to share their experiences with friends and family, others like to keep it to themselves. It is entirely up to you. As a result of counselling you might find that you want to speak to certain people about certain subjects, but you donít have to tell them about the counselling if you donít want to.

Will I be hypnotised?

Only if you want to be! I do offer hypnotherapy in some circumstances, and it can be a very useful tool for certain types of problem. However, it is impossible to hypnotise someone against their will. Hypnotherapy is nothing like stage hypnotism; it is a perfectly safe and widely used treatment.

Will anyone else be present?

I work with individuals and couples and all our sessions are strictly confidential. Just you and I will be present so that we can talk freely. This even applies to children and young people, although usually a family member will be on-site in another room.

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