Questions you may have about counselling

It seems a lot to pay someone just to listen to me?

As a counsellor I have undergone specialist training to listen in a certain way. I may notice things that you may not be aware of yourself. I will be able to respond in certain ways that will help you to understand more clearly what you are going through. It should help you to work out what your next steps should be.

How many sessions do I have to have?

This will depend on the issue or issues you wish to deal with but we review how things are progressing and you will primarily decide when you are ready to end.  You are not tied to a pre-determined number of sessions.

I am worried that someone will find out I have been for counselling?

No. Everything you say is confidential. The only times this can be broken is in a small number of specific situations which we discuss in the first session. Even members of your family are not allowed to know.

Will my counsellor be able to advise me on what to do?

I won't advise you by instructing you to take a certain course of action. This is because it may not be the right course of action for you. I will instead help you to find your own solutions.

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