What to expect
If counselling is something you have never experienced before you may wonder what to expect. Clients usually come along with a difficulty that is troubling them which they want to discuss; others may not know what it is about but are just feeling anxious or unable to cope with life. Often a client may come along with a presenting problem and then find there are other things they would like to talk about. Sometimes people find it difficult talking about their problems at first as it may be the first time. The important thing to know is that all sessions will be led by you, the client, and that you will go at your own pace and find your own way.
How long are sessions?
Sessions last about an hour and are usually once a week or fortnight. Often they are at the same time each week, but sometimes, due to people's schedules, they may vary. A first session may last up to one and a half hours. Couple therapy sessions may be one and a half hours.
How long does counselling go on for?
Everyone is individual and has their own unique story so there are no rules. Sometimes brief solution focussed therapy may be what the client is looking for which may only require 6 to 8 sessions. Most choose a more open approach and want to be guided by their instincts. A review is always taken about every six sessions and this will be agreed at the start of the counselling.
How will it end?
It is beneficial to the counselling process to have a planned ending so usually a date is agreed at some point during the work. Sometimes people choose to gradually reduce sessions by having them less frequently but still at regular intervals. Again, you will know what is best for you when the time comes.
Where will the counselling take place?
Private sessions are from a clinic in Sidcup, Kent and also from a comfortable therapy room in Tonbridge. Whichever is most convenient for the client. There may also be a further clinic in Tunbridge Wells or East Sussex opening soon.