At thrive:counselling we work with you, on your goals, at your pace, for your benefit
What will happen in my first session if I choose open ended therapy ?
Your initial session will be for you to gain an understanding of how your counsellor works and seeks to establish what it is you hope to gain from counselling and how best to move forward. You will be invited to express what has brought you to counselling now. You can begin wherever you like, safe in the knowledge that a qualified, experienced counsellor will be able to hold and contain anything you have to bring to the session. If at the end of the session you decide that it is not for you, then that is as far as we need to go. I may be able to suggest alternative approaches or support which might suit you better, and you will have a better understanding of what you need.
How many sessions will it take?
Counselling can be seen as a part of your journey through life, and you will decide when you reach the end of that stage of your journey, or want to stop off somewhere for a different experience. Some, with a specific goal in mind, may only need three or four sessions, others typically 15-20. The methods I use and the skills I employ generally mean that my clients feel benefit from the counselling almost immediately. I conduct regular reviews and check that you are happy with the way the counselling is going.
Who can access single session therapy?
Single session therapy may work for a variety of clients; for those wanting to address a specific issue or if you are hesitant and would like to try a single session of counselling this may be your preferred option. If you would like space to think and explore and access your own resources if you are open to change and ready to do business now, then perhaps you could make use of and feel satisfied with a single session of therapy.
Is counselling confidential?
Counselling is confidential, with a few exceptions. There may be discussions of my work during supervision, or circumstances where my concerns need to be passed on, for example, if a client is at serious risk of harm to themselves or to others, the counsellor may have to take action, although they will try to talk this through with you first.
Will you give me advice about how to solve my problems?
Counselling is not about handing down advice, but rather a shared exploration of your thoughts and feelings, which will help you unravel your difficulties and seek ways to move forward.
I'm not sure if it's for me?
You do not have to be in crisis to benefit from counselling. You may simply be feeling more anxious, tearful, stressed or angry than usual without really knowing why, and wondering how to get back to whatever feels more "normal" for you. You may be having problems at work, experiencing difficulties with relationships at home or generally feeling dissatisfied with life. Perhaps you feel you are at a crossroads in your life and need some space to reflect on what path to choose. Whatever it is, we can find an approach to help.
Can I see you online via Zoom?
Some people prefer the convenience of online work, without the need to travel and be able to work in the comfort and privacy of their own surroundings. This can be available in the majority of cases.
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