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.
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Counselling sessions are generally once a week and are 50 minutes long.
While I can work flexibly, in my experience weekly sessions tend to offer more momentum. Some people have a clear idea of how many sessions they are looking for, while others prefer to work more open ended. I am happy to work in both a time limited and open-ended fashion.
There are overlaps, but key differences.
The terms ‘Counselling’ & ‘Therapy’ tend to be used interchangeably and have a predetermined ending e.g. 5 sessions. ‘Psychotherapy’ is an ongoing therapeutic relationship with no predetermined end.
In Counselling/Therapy clients typically describe a problem and look for a solution. In Psychotherapy this goes further, by exploring underlying issues which may have contributed to the problem manifesting in the first place.
An analogy is: imagine you fall off your bike and scrape your knee. Counselling/Therapy would help clean the wound and get you back on the bike. Psychotherapy would also do this, while exploring underlying causes which led to falling off the bike. Both look to give tools/resources so that if you were to fall again, you would be more prepared/capable of getting back on the bike yourself.
There are many different types (or modalities) of Counselling, with many overlaps in theory. People respond to different types of Counselling in different ways. Often it comes down to the Counsellor you see rather than type of therapy. 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 is a difference between confidentiality and secrecy. 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, where appropriate I will do my best to discuss it with you first.