I usually offer 50 minute sessions but also offer 90 minute sessions.
Everything we discuss will remain confidential, unless I have concerns about you or someone else’ safety or I am subpoenaed by a court of law.
The first time we meet we can get to know each other and see if it’s the right fit. If you feel it’s not right for you or doesn’t feel like the right time, you can let me know and that will be OK. If I feel I’m not the right counsellor for you, I may suggest someone who will better suit your needs.
If we feel it’s the right fit, we can discuss how we’d like to work together in our second session. The counselling process is different for every person so we will take things at your pace. Some people like to set goals and work towards them. Others want to share experiences, explore their impact and then begin to see them from new perspectives and gain new insights. I will always be guided by you and your needs.
It’s really important to keep in mind that counselling is a commitment both from the client and the counsellor to work together towards real and lasting change. It would be nice if this kind of change could happen in just one or two sessions but the reality is, it takes time for us to develop a trusting relationship where you feel free to be yourself, share your experiences, work through past or existing painful feelings or memories then begin to develop new coping strategies.
Some people have a misconception that counselling and psychotherapy is an ongoing process that takes years to make a difference. This isn’t always the case. For some, as little as 6-8 sessions may be enough. For others, longer term counselling provides the space and time they need to explore their issues in depth.
No. However, in order for counselling to make a difference, you need to make a commitment to the process. For some this may be every week for 6 weeks. For others every two weeks for a few months. For some, once a month for the foreseeable future. Just remember, committing to counselling isn’t about promising to come every week, it’s about feeling ready to explore what’s going on for you and how you can develop new perspectives, strategies and ways of coping.
Taking that first step towards counselling isn’t easy. It shows real courage. For some who have never experienced counselling before, it can seem daunting but I will do my best to put you at ease. You will set the pace and I will never push you to talk about anything you don’t feel ready to talk about. Counselling can be a difficult and at times intense and painful experience, but I will be at your side to offer understanding, warmth, kindness and care every step of the way. Sometimes the most painful revelations can pave the way to increased self-awareness, new skills and a more empowered outlook.