There is no ‘by the book’ session but generally speaking:
Beginning/Assessment: early sessions focus on developing our relationship through understanding your experience/problems. This will help us both understand the reasons behind your difficulties.
After that, a collaborative process (formulation) in bringing together information to make sense of the problems. From there, how to move forward.
Feeding back to each other helps tailor the sessions to how you would like them to be. There may be times when I bring my own experiences of you to our sessions. This is to ensure we are both working in a way which benefits you.
My fee is £30 for the first session, and £40 thereafter per session. For Online Counselling (via live chat) my fee is £25 per session.
Being comfortable working together is essential, to help you make this decision there is option to have a no obligation 15 minute phone call to ask any questions.
Payment can be made either by cash at the beginning of each session or by online bank transfer.
Counselling sessions are generally once a week, and 50 minutes long.
Experiences of Counselling vary, and response to sessions depending on e.g. intensity of symptoms make the process very personal. Some people have a clear idea of how many sessions they are looking for, and others prefer to work more open ended. I am happy to work in both a time limited and open-ended fashion.
The words are used interchangeably and largely refer to the same thing.
Very broadly speaking; CBT is ‘taught’ and is goal oriented, with emphasis on assisting with ones thinking, emotions, physical symptoms and behaviors and how they contribute to problems. Whereas the Person-Centred Approach views the person as the primary force of healing. The Person-Centred Approach is focused on therapeutic growth and change founded on a relationship with specific conditions to help modify behaviour and attitudes.
There are many different types (or modalities) of Counselling, with many overlaps in theory. People respond to different types of Counselling in different ways. There is no ‘right’ way or ‘only’ way. What is most important is finding the right fit for you.
Confidentiality is upheld in line with BACP Ethical Guidelines and GDPR.
This means that everything we discuss will remain confidential. However, there may be incidents where I am ethically and legally bound to breach confidentiality e.g. if you are at risk of serious harm to yourself or others. Should anything like that come up I will do my best to ensure I discuss it with you first.