Counselling can help you to look at new ways of seeing situations, understand your feelings and thoughts. By talking about your problems you can gain some insight into your difficulties and counselling can help to achieve this.
Counselling is not a magic fix, the insights and new awareness that you gain through counselling can help you to make the changes you want to see. Sometimes, having somewhere you can safely say anything out loud can be a powerful start to healing.
Yes. I do not share your information with other parties and what you say to me in our sessions remains confidential. I cover confidentiality in our first meeting with a working agreement/contract that I use when we first start working together.
My usual way of working is face to face in my room in Alton.
However, I can offer the occasional phone session once our relationship is established and I offer sessions online via Skype if required.
The main reason I offer an initial consultation by phone is so you get a chance to see how you feel about talking to me, and to ask any questions you may have. I cannot offer any guarantees, but choosing a therapist is a very personal thing and you deserve to have an idea of whether I could be the right counsellor for you.
You can then decide what you would like to do, without any pressure or obligation to me.
Each session is 50 minutes long and we will usually meet weekly.
There is no way of answering this. Some people find that they only need 6 or 8 sessions to deal with a particular issue and others need longer to fully explore the issues at hand.
I generally find that we each know when the therapy is coming to its natural end. I will check in regularly to review our work together.