Elaine Conway, Counsellor BACP Registered Therapist in Monument,
Finsbury Circus and Oxford Street

Common thoughts and questions on Counselling ..

What can I expect from the Initial session:

I understand how it can feel daunting to seek help, and can be anxiety provoking, therefore I will ensure to allow the space we work in to be as comfortable and warming as possible. I will listen to you openly and without judgement. From this initial session,, we can think about if my approach is the right approach for you and if in fact now is the right time for you to engage in therapy.

What happens after the initial session:

Although I recommend weekly sessions, I am realistic and understand how busy and demanding life can be. For this reason, I can be flexible to your life commitments and we can think about how best we can work around your schedule. I try to make meeting as convenient as possible for my clients and so I mostly offer evening appointments so as not to interfere with the working day. I can also offer Skype if you cannot attend a session, however, I would only recommend this option sporadically.

How many sessions will I need?

Knowing how many sessions one needs can be difficult to pin point at the beginning. Using how one feels can be a good compass - if you feel you are making progress and things are shifting and changing within your life, then perhaps you would like to continue on your therapeutic journey. You may also come for only 1 session and feel you've received what you needed from a single session alone. You could decide to come on a long term basis and perhaps treat the space to enhance your personnel development. Shorter term therapy could be more appealing, and you may come for 6 - 12 sessions and feel things have become more manageable and so you no longer require therapy. The main thing to remember is there is no contract and you are free to end when you wish; remember you are in control. My only suggestion would be to try and arrange an final session to offer some closure and also gather any loose ends, whilst also having the opportunity to say goodbye.

How do I know if I need Counselling?

Only you can decide whether you wish to try counselling or psychotherapy. Just talking to someone confidentially who is not a friend or family member can make all the difference. Counselling or psychotherapy provides a regular time for those in distress to explore their feelings and talk about their problems. A counsellor can help you develop better ways of coping, allowing you to live the life you deserve

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