Frequently Asked Questions
How long is a session?
Each counselling session lasts 50 minutes and will be carried out via virtual platform. Method, timing and frequency will be mutually agreed in advance
of the session.
How do I access the sessions online?
I use two well-established, and easily accessible, virtual platforms to conduct online therapy – Zoom and Microsoft Teams. These platforms are thought to provide good security for online therapy and are both free to use. If you require some support in setting up this technology before our session, I am happy to help where possible.
I would suggest using headphones for our sessions, for additional privacy.
What will happen in our first session?
In our first counselling session together, I will be interested in finding out a bit more about you, and what has brought you to therapy. In the first session we will also discuss the Counselling Agreement and the goals you are hoping to achieve within counselling – this will enable us to establish a safe, working relationship together. This session also provides you the opportunity to ask me any questions you may have, to enable you to understand a bit more about me as a therapist.
It is understandable that you may feel anxious during your first session – please note you will not be expected to share anything that you are not comfortable with.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions you require will depend on your individual circumstances, and what you are hoping to achieve from counselling - I therefore do not limit the number of sessions you can receive.
I will regularly invite you to review your progress and how you feel we are getting on, to establish if you would like to continue receiving sessions or if you feel you are ready for our sessions to come to an end.
5 Is what I tell you confidential?
Counselling is confidential. This means that everything you say will be held in strictest confidence, except in the following circumstances:
I am required to discuss my work with clients with my Supervisor, to ensure I am working ethically and safely, and providing you with my best possible practice. All ethical therapists will be supported by a Supervisor.
Where there is a risk of significant harm to a child or young person under 18.
Where there is serious concern of significant harm to yourself or others.
Where there are serious medical or mental health concerns.
Where there are breaches of the law i.e. terrorism or drug dealing.
Where the courts subpoena information.
When you give your consent for information to be shared.