It can be difficult to know if counselling is the right thing for you. I have tried to provide some answers to commonly asked questions to help you make your decision.

What happens in the first session?

The first session we have together will be an assessment session - a chance for us to meet, talk a little about what has brought you to seek counselling and to see if we will be able to work together. In this session I will introduce you to our counselling contract (you can click here to preview a copy) which outlines the guidelines that we will agree to follow during our work together and includes information such as the dates and times of our sessions, how and when both you and I can be contacted and an agreement about the limits of confidentiality.

Will our sessions be fully confidential?

Whilst confidentiality is an essential part of the counselling process, it is not and should not be absolute. Sometimes for example I may need to make a referral to an external agency or organisation (GP, police or social services) if there is a serious risk of harm to you or others. However, I would endeavour to include you in this process in so far as reasonably possible.

What are the different theoretical approaches to counselling?

Please click on the following link to access an alphabetical list of commonly used theoretical approaches to counselling along with brief descriptions of their meaning: 

http://www.bacp.co.uk/seeking_therapist/theoretical_approaches.php

Who are you regulated by?

I am an accredited and registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), and follow their professional conduct guidelines. BACP's register of counsellors and psychotherapists is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

 Additionally, I abide by the BACP's 'Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions', a copy of which can be accessed by following this link:

http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/