What Happens in a Counselling Session

Our belief as counsellors is that it can be therapeutic to be listened to and supported. This forms the basis of a session. Initially there will be an assessment session where you will be asked questions like ‘Have you ever had counselling before?’ ‘What has bought you to counselling at this time?’ What would you like to gain from having counselling?’ Usually a session will last between 50 – 60 minutes.

There are many models and ways of exploring the issues that people come with and each counsellor may work in a slightly different way. You are always at liberty to saying ‘no’ to working in a way that you find uncomfortable.

As counsellors we aim to:

  • Provide a safe and welcoming space for people to come and talk about the things that are challenging for them and may be causing them emotional distress.
  • Provide a confidential service within the bounds of legal and ethical structures. If we feel obliged to break confidentiality we will discuss it with you before taking any action
  • Be non-judgemental in how we interact with people from all areas of life regardless of gender, religion, race or any other differences.
  • Provide a place for people to confront their issues and for facing their fears.
  • Help people to find a solution or answer to the issues. The counsellor will not make a decision for you or offer advice.