FAQ - Counselling

What is counselling?
A: The BACP define counselling as taking place when as when a counsellor sees a client in a private and confidential setting to explore a difficulty the client is having, distress they may be experiencing or perhaps the person's dissatisfaction in life or loss of sense of direction and purpose. 
What happens in counselling?
A: By listening very carefully and in a non-judgemental way, the counsellor can begin  to understand the difficulties from your point of view and can help you see things more clearly.
You can explore various aspects of your life and feelings, talking about them
confidentially in a way that is rarely possible with family and friends.
 You will have the opportunity to explore suppressed and intense feelings and possibly understand them better. The counsellor may help you examine in depth issues or situations that are problematic for you, and to find a possible way to initiate change.  

How many appointments will I need?
A: This varies. You may only need one, but working through a long term or deep rooted problem will need more. CBT tends to need 6+. EMDR is normally 1 - 6.
One thing you can be certain of is that an ethical therapist/counsellor will never attempt to keep you in therapy for any longer than you need to be.                
How confidential is counselling?
A: Confidentiality is exceptionally important. The degree of confidentiality offered
reflects this. In general terms, anything you say to your therapist will remain  confidential. However, very occasionally the law requires confidentiality to be broken. These circumstances will be explained to you prior to the commencement of counselling. All professional counsellors have "clinical supervision" with another experienced counsellor to discuss the work being done. Your circumstances will be discussed in confidence. This process is done to ensure the care and well-being of the person attending counselling.

What qualities should I look for in a counsellor?
A: Firstly make sure that your counsellor is properly qualified. Secondly check that they are registered and accredited by a  professional body such as the BACP.
This means that they will be bound by a professional code of conduct and ethics.
Ask your counsellor about his/her experience. If he/she is an accredited member of their professional organisation, this indicates that he/she has satisfied
the organisation of considerable previous experience and high level of competence.
Finally meet with your potential counsellor to see if you would feel comfortable working with him or her.

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