Who can benefit?
Generally, person-centred counselling can help individuals of all ages with a range of personal issues. Many people find Person Centred Counselling appealing type of therapy because it allows them to keep control over the content and pace of sessions, and they do not need to worry that their therapist will be evaluating or judging them in any way. The non-directive style of person-centred counselling is thought to be of more benefit to individuals who have a strong urge to explore themselves and their feelings, and for those who want to address specific psychological habits or patterns of thinking.
The approach has been found particularly useful in helping individuals to overcome specific problems such as depression, anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders and alcohol addictions. These issues can have significant impact on self-esteem, self-reliance and self-awareness, but person-centred therapy can help individuals to reconnect with their inner self in order to transcend any limitations.
What will happen in a Counselling session?
The initial session generally takes an hour and a half, the initial consultation, involves several elements:
- A discussion about your requirements and goals.
- Gathering personal information such as sleeping patterns, lifestyle information, medical symptoms or medication, any treatments involving other healthcare providers.
- An explanation of counselling and the process.
- Practical details such as cost, cancellation policy, how many sessions might be needed.
In the same session or sometimes the subsequent sessions you can expect:
- A welcome chat to encourage comfort and relaxation.
- Then for the counselling talking to begin.
- Time for any questions you may have and a summary of the session.
How regularly will I see my counsellor?
How regularly you see me will be something we will decide on together. Initially, you may decide you wish to meet on a weekly basis, but depending on improvements and how you feel, you may choose to then see me more or less frequently.
How many sessions of Counselling will I need?
The duration of therapy will really be dependant on your circumstances and the reason for which you are seeking counselling. Most issues that you seek counselling for, may suit a short term (4-6 sessions) or a longer-term approach with regular weekly sessions. You will know how many sessions you need as the difficulty for which you sought counselling changes. I can be be flexible when it comes to decreasing or extending the number of sessions to correlate with your progress and needs.
How long will a Counselling sessions last?
A counselling session will usually take 50 although the initial session usually takes a little longer as I need to gather some background information.