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Frequently Asked Questions

 In order to help answer any questions you may have about counselling, a list of commonly asked questions has been complied below. Please click on each question for more information.

What is counselling?

When is the best time to see a counsellor?

Should I tell anyone that I’m seeing a counsellor?

Who is the Service for?

Shouldn’t I be able to get the support I need from friends and family?

Do I have to be referred by someone such as my GP, manager or Occupational Health Adviser?

How long do sessions last?

Is there a cost?

How many sessions will I have?

I’m worried about feeling upset – is this usual?

What if I see someone I know?

Will the counsellor write reports about me?

I really think I need some advice, will the counsellor tell me what to do?

I’ve heard a lot about CBT and someone suggested to me it might be useful – so what is it?

What professional codes do you follow?

 

What is counselling?

Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or longer term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their well-being.

Counsellors work from a variety of theoretical approaches with their clients. However there is evidence that the relationship between the counsellor and the client is more important than the approach the therapist uses.

 

When is the best time to see a counsellor?

It is most useful to come to counselling before a problem becomes so intense that it becomes a crisis. We recognise that it can be difficult to make that decision.

 

Should I tell anyone that I’m seeing a counsellor?

It is your choice about who you inform and what your reasons are for this choice. You may decide to tell your GP that you are using our service – they may have suggested counselling to you already and it can be useful if they know.

 

Who is the Service for?

Individuals or Couples - Adults and Young People (aged 11+).

 

Shouldn’t I be able to get the support I need from friends and family?

Although people might get support from a variety of people, including family members, friends, their GP and work colleagues, sometimes it is helpful to step outside these relationships and speak to someone who has no other involvement in our lives.

 

Do I have to be referred by someone such as my GP, manager or Occupational Health Adviser?

You can refer yourself to TLC – in fact, we generally encourage this as it usually means someone feels motivated to come but we take referrals from GPs,  managers and Occupational Health Advisers as well, at your request.

 

How long do sessions last?

For fifty minutes. The first (assessment) session can last up to 60 minutes.

 

Is there a cost?

I charge a reduced fee of £25 for the initial appointment, with the full cost of following appointments being £60 per session for couples, with discounts for people attending individually and those aged 17 or under - please contact me for details of current pricing. As a community counselling provider TLC acknowledges that cost can sometimes be a barrier to therapy. With this in mind a limited number of discounted sessions are available to help those on low income or facing financial difficulties. Please enquire for further information.

 

How many sessions will I have?

This varies as people come for different reasons; some once or twice, others for longer. Clients are normally initially offered six counselling sessions, at which point you and your counsellor will jointly review progress and where you feel you are at. Further sessions can subsequently be arranged if you feel it necessary. This model can be effective in helping people to identify what changes can be made to manage anxiety and depression, reduce stress, cope with loss, and manage work and home life better.

 

I’m worried about feeling upset – is this usual?

Sometimes people feel upset about coming to the service. It can seem hard to take the first step and meet a counsellor, someone who is after all a stranger. Even if you do feel upset for a while this can ease with time.

 

What if I see someone I know?

Our Counsellors adhere to a strict confidendiality policy as stipulated by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy so will not disclose that you have attended the service to anyone else within the building. Even if you see anyone you know in the building it’s such a busy place, with a variety of services on offer, so no one is going to know why you are there.

 

Will the counsellor write reports about me?

TLC does not provide reports unless this has been specifically contracted with you at the start of therapy. The counsellor keeps brief confidential notes about sessions with clients to summarise session content but these are not personally identifiable and are only used by the counsellor as a tool to help keep track of session themes/content. Information about data protection and confidentiality is explained during the first meeting.

 

I really think I need some advice, will the counsellor tell me what to do?

The aim of counselling is to help individuals draw on their own resources and find their own solutions in partnership with an objective outsider. You won’t be told what to do, but the counsellor might give you information, eg about relaxation techniques, if this is appropriate.

 

I’ve heard a lot about Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and someone suggested to me it might be useful – so what is it?

Cognitive-behavioural therapy is often referred to in the media and by the medical profession. It was developed to work with depression and anxiety initially and then other psychological concerns in more recent years. I incorporate the use of CBT techniques as part of my work. If you feel a particular way of working may useful for you this can be discussed at your initial assessment appointment.

 

What professional codes do you follow?

The service is run according to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and works within that ethical framework.