How long am I going to need counselling for?
Most of my clients attend for 12 to 24 sessions of counselling.
However each case is unique and you might find that you require more sessions if you have complicated issues. We will regularly review how your counselling is going and this will help guide the number of sessions.
How long is a counselling session?
A counselling session is booked for one hour, however, the actual time spent counselling is usually 50 minutes.
Why is counselling different from talking to friends and family?
Friends and family are often willing to offer support during difficult times, but they can become upset too and find it difficult to know how to respond.
Talking to Anna means having a person who is solely focused on your thoughts and feelings. She can support you and, when needed, help you understand why it happened. She can then uses CBT techniques to help you change your situation or find better ways to cope with it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Most people seeking therapy for the first time don't know what to expect from the experience, so the following questions may be of help. Those who have already experienced counselling can also discover more about how Anna practices.
If your question isn't answered here, please phone or e-mail Anna so she can address any additional concerns.
How do I know that whatever I say will remain private?
As a registered member of the BACP, Anna must abide by their professional code of ethics. This means that anything you say in a counselling session is confidential except in extraordinary circumstances. See link to BACP website.
Anna also complies with the Date Protection Act 1998.
Can I bring my partner in after I have had a few counselling sessions?
It can be difficult for a partner to join in with therapy that has already begun.
When you start therapy, you develop a relationship with Anna which is focused on you and your needs which means you will have had the opportunity to discuss your life and relationships. Your partner will not have met
Anna but will be aware that she knows information about them. Therefore your partner may feel at a disadvantage and find it difficult to engage with counselling.
If you decide you need couples counselling during your own counselling with Anna, she can recommend a suitable colleague.
Can I bring someone with me for support?
It is more effective for only the person receiving the therapy to attend because this helps them to build a relationship with the counsellor.
However, if you would rather bring someone with you for support then we can arrange for them to come into the counselling room and stay for a few minutes until you feel comfortable enough to continue by yourself.
Children under the age of 16 can choose to have a parent or guardian in the room with them. A child under the age of 12 must have a parent or guardian on site for the duration of the session.
Have you seen my issue before?
Each situation brought to Anna is unique is some way. However there are general types of issues people can face, and some of these are covered in the Counselling Issues section of this website.
As an experienced counsellor, Anna has seen clients with these and many other issues. She may not have encountered the specific problem you are facing, but her wide range of experience has given her the ability to support you.
How do I pay for counselling?
You can pay the session fee at each session. This can be done by cash or cheque at the time or by BACs transfer within 24 hours of the session.
The cost of each session is depends on how long each session lasts. For full information on prices please click here
Will I need medication?
Counsellors cannot prescribe medication but they can help you explore your thoughts about it.
You will need to talk to your GP about whether or not you need medication
What happens if we meet outside of counselling?
If you see Anna accidentally outside of counselling she will not overtly acknowledge that she knows you and will not come up to you and say hello. Instead, she will wait fot you to start a conversation first. This is to give you the freedom to decide whether or not you want to interact with her in public.
If you have concerns about meeting Anna in public, for instance if you know you will both be attending the same social event, you can discuss with her how this should be managed. Otherwise Anna will not engage socially with you whilst she is your counsellor as this can affect the counsellor/client relationship and cause awkwardness.
Can I bring my child in with me?
It is best to arrange counselling sessions when you know you can get child care.
Having your child with you makes it more difficult for you to engage with the session and express your emotions. This is normal for a parent whose primary concern is caring for their child. However to get the maximum benefit from therapy, the session needs to revolve around you.
In what circumstances will my counsellor contact me?
Anna will not contact you outside of counselling unless she has information that relates directly to your session, such as rearranging your session time. She will discuss with you in the first session how you want to be contacted.