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“Inside my empty

bottle I was

constructing a

lighthouse while all

the others were

making ships.” 

          Charles Simic

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Frequently Asked Questions:


Why should I see a counsellor?

Usually people decide to see a counsellor or therapist when they are experiencing

difficulties and distress in their lives. It is often easier to talk to someone who is

non-judgemental and independent of family or friends. Sometimes, as well, it is not

easy or even impossible to explain why we feel the way we do or what is at the

heart of our concerns. And major life events and issues such as bereavement,

relationship issues, bullying, health, redundancy etc can have a huge impact on our

day to day functioning. Having said this, you do not need to be in crisis to see a

counsellor and it may be that you are feeling disillusioned or unhappy generally or

simply "stuck". You may just even want to look at your inner light and connect with

your sense of spirit.

What is therapy?

Therapy (or counselling or psychotherapy) is an opportunity for you to talk about

your feelings, emotions, difficulties and issues with a trained professional in a safe

and confidential place. It includes looking at life events (past and present) and

patterns of behaviour. Everyone's circumstances are unique and, rather than offering

advice, the therapist will help you look for your own answers, whether that is

changing something or accepting things. Often exploring things in some depth is

useful in order to gain a clearer perspective on life, ways to cope and how to move

forward, often with a deeper understanding of yourself.

When will I feel better?

Usually it takes a few sessions before therapy starts to make a difference and you

should not expect instant results.  It also does not necessarily work for everyone

and it is important to have support outside the counselling room, particularly if you

are dealing with very personal and difficult issues.  You might find that you for

through a period of feeling worse than you did at the beginning but this is not

unusual and if you find that this is the case, talk to your therapist so that you can

work through this in order to feel better in the long run.  Timing is everything and

if it really does not feel like the right time or the right person, it may well be that

a different time and/or a different person will be better.  Having said this, it is

often worth the effort to continue to work through your problems.

What happens in the first session?

The first session is largely an initial assessment of your situation and discussion of

the issues you bring to counselling.  You will be asked a number of questions about

how you have been feeling in the recent past, something of your background and

home/work circumstances, what support you have and any history of previous or

current therapy.

Confidentiality will be discussed and explained that only in circumstance where

there is any risk of harm, either from yourself or from others,might a confidence

have to be broken.  In such cases, it is hoped that this could always be done with

the client's knowledge and consent.  There may, however, be times when a

therapist is required by law to break confidentiality.

Dates and times of sessions and an initial number of sessions will be agreed with

you towards the end of the first session and you can decide at that point to continue

or not.

Still want to know more?

If you would like to find out more about counselling, simply go to the "It's Good to Talk"

website www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk (via the British Association of Counselling and

Psychotherapy www.bacp.co.uk) and click on the video "What is therapy?".

or contact me:

T: 07731 577256

E: info@therapyhall.co.uk