Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I know if I need counselling?

Only you can decide whether you wish to try counselling. Often talking to someone confidentially who is not a friend or family member can make all the difference. Counselling can provide a regular time for those in distress to explore their feelings and talk about their problems. A counsellor can help you develop better ways of coping.

What is registration/accreditation with a professional body?

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

You will be able to see which counsellors are registered/accredited with their professional body as they will display a logo.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work within their ethical framework.

Why do the costs vary from counsellor to counsellor?

Private counsellors set their own rates. Some charge more than others based on their own principles and values, how they value their work, the length and breadth of their experience working with clients, the types of therapy they offer, their own circumstances, etc.

What will happen during the first counselling session?

The first session is primarily an initial assessment. This offers the opportunity for you and the Counsellor to explore what it is you want from counselling. It enables both you and the Counsellor the chance to get to know each other and to decide if we can work together on your issues.