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Taking the first step to seek counselling can feel overwhelming.

Understanding what to expect from the therapeutic relationship can help to ease this initial anxiety.

 

So, what exactly is counselling, and how can it help?

Counselling provides the necessary time and space to safely explore your thoughts, feelings, behaviours, and experiences. This exploration is facilitated by a counsellor of your choosing in a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental environment.

Depending on your reasons for seeking counselling, options are often available for individual, couples, family, and group counselling. Specialised counselling services are generally provided for children and adolescents requiring support.

What will counselling “look like” with me?

  • Before booking your first session, we will arrange a fifteen- minute telephone consultation. This will give you an opportunity to ask any questions you might have, as well as to assess our suitability for working together.

  • To get the most benefit from counselling, our sessions will generally be face-to-face and scheduled at regularly weekly intervals for a duration of fifty minutes. If your personal circumstances prevent you from attending sessions in person, I am able to offer online therapy sessions.

  • The number of sessions needed will likely vary between clients. I offer short- term and long- term options for therapy, but six to twelve sessions can generally be expected.

  • Our first session together will primarily be spent examining your personal goals for therapy, discussing your underlying reason for seeking counselling, and obtaining related relevant history.

  • We will work together to develop a treatment plan that best meets your individual needs.

To find out more about the different types of counselling that I offer, please click the counselling services tab.