Frequently asked questions

Counselling is a talking therapy; it is an opportunity to talk with a trained professional who will offer a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental space for you to explore any difficulties you may be experiencing.

Sometimes life can be challenging, unexpected things can happen, and it can be difficult to know what to do or how to cope. People come to counselling for all kinds of reasons such as stress, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, bereavement, domestic abuse, alcohol misuse, childhood trauma (sexual, physical, emotional). Sometimes people don’t know specifically what is wrong but feel that something is not right and that they need some support.

Talking with a counsellor offers the opportunity for you to explore and find your own insight and understanding of your problem, and to make decisions about any changes you would like to make. Counselling is also useful in helping you to come to terms with those things that cannot be changed.

At our first meeting we will take some time to explore what brings you to counselling, what you would like from our counselling sessions and how we might work together to achieve those goals.

I will need to take some brief details and ask you a few questions, and you will also have the opportunity to ask me any questions you may have. We will agree the boundaries of our work together including how and when we will meet, confidentiality, contact out of session, fees etc.

Within the counselling sessions, my role is not to tell you what to do, but to work alongside you, supporting you in exploring and understanding what is troubling you, and helping you to connect to your own answers and resources in order to find resolution.

Counselling sessions are generally 50 minutes long.

Initially it can be helpful to meet weekly, so that we can develop a good understanding of the issues that bring you to counselling and start the move towards resolution. As we work through the problems and work towards an ending we may agree to meet less regularly. There are no rules about how often we meet, it is something that we will agree together.

The number of sessions people need varies. You may need a small number of sessions to focus on a specific issue, or to support you through a particular crisis, or you may prefer more sessions to focus on deeper issues that may have been troubling you for a while.

My belief is that aim of counselling is to find resolution and to end counselling! Very often clients know when they are ready to start working towards an ending, and we will review this on a regular basis.

Counselling sessions are charged at £55 per session paid 24hrs in advance or on the day.

I offer a variety of appointments Monday – Thursday including evening appointments.

If I am unable to offer you the specific day/time that you need I can add your name to my waiting list and offer you a rough idea of how long, it will be before the appointment becomes available.

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Crisis Helpline

If you need urgent support for your mental health, please call Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Crisis Helpline:

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