It can be a daunting prospect, thinking about contacting a counsellor, and especially so, if you haven’t experienced counselling before. You may not have had the opportunity to talk to anyone about the issues that are troubling you and be wondering what this will be like and if you will feel comfortable speaking to somebody you don’t know. I believe it is extremely important you find a counsellor who you feel comfortable with and who is the right fit for you.
Some questions that you may have are:
1. What questions will I be asked when I first make contact?
When we first speak I will ask you a few questions about yourself and the difficulties you have been experiencing so that I can understand a little more about your concerns and your needs. This is also an opportunity for you to ask me any questions you may have. If you would like to go ahead and book an appointment after our initial chat, then we would schedule your first appointment. There is no obligation to book an appointment at this stage.
2. What will happen at my first counselling appointment?
Your first appointment is an opportunity to see if you are comfortable with me as your therapist and experience counselling with me. There is no obligation after the first appointment to continue if you feel counselling with me is not right for you. The session lasts for 50 minutes.
3. If we decide to work together, what happens next?
If we decide to continue to work together on an ongoing basis then we would have a simple agreement, which covers certain key points including day/time of appointment, confidentiality and cancellation details.
4. How often and how long will the sessions last?
Sessions are usually held weekly and are 50 minutes in duration. Sessions are held the same time and day each week. The reason for this is that consistent, regular appointments are proven to help promote a better outcome for clients.
5. How long will I need / can I have counselling for?
I offer both short and long-term counselling. Some clients choose to meet for a few weekly sessions, whilst others, who want to make significant changes in the way they experience their lives, come weekly for a number of months or years.
However long the work may continue, therapy is a significant commitment for both client and therapist.
6. Where is the location of our sessions?
I am currently able to offer face-to-face appointments, whilst observing government Covid 19 guidelines from The Centre for Counselling, Widmore Road, Bromley BR1 3AA. Bromley has good public transport links and car parking facilities.
I also continue to offer online therapy sessions via the Zoom platform and telephone counselling.
7. What availability do you offer for appointments?
My availability is:
Tuesdays: 9.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 9.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Thursdays: 9.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m.
Fridays: 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.