What to Expect

  • Making a booking: When you’re ready to make contact, you can do so via the contact page. We recommend you meet a few therapists to ensure you find the best fit for you.
  • Confirmation & Documents: Once a booking has been made, you will receive a confirmation e-mail including everything you need to know about your appointment. This e-mail will also include the relevant documents to be completed prior to contracting.
  • Assessment: Your first session will be a great opportunity to explore the nature of your concerns, clarify if counselling is the best way forward, and identify the focus of the therapy. It is important to remember that you are not obligated to take up therapy if it is not right for you.
  • Confidentiality: The way in which your personal information and privacy will be protected including records of sessions and the way in which these are stored safely will be explained.
  • Contracting: This first session is important for making sure that you feel comfortable with your therapist and their way of working. At this point we can agree the details of how therapy will be provided, frequency of sessions, and any other details regarding your therapy.
  • Sessions: Therapy sessions last for 50 minutes for individual therapy. For couples this will vary from 60 to 90 minutes. How many appointments you have will depend on your individual circumstances, and can be agreed between you and your therapist.

Counselling is an opportunity for you to explore the issues that brought you to therapy in a confidential, safe and non-judgemental environment. These issues may leave you with thoughts and feelings that are difficult to understand. If these thoughts and feelings are not acknowledged and understood within the context of your experiences, they can develop further until the thoughts and feelings are unmanageable and you have a deep sense of dissatisfaction in life.

By exploring these issues with a professional, you can make sense of your experiences, resolve your difficulties and discover ways of coping.
Counselling is not advice giving, rather a place where you will be supported in making your own choices and finding a way forward. An experience of acceptance, honesty and understanding is created as your relationship with your therapist develops and this alone can provide healing. Counselling can also increase your self-awareness, improve your emotional and psychological health, help you realise your potential and live a more fulfilled life.