Common thoughts and questions on Counselling ..
What happens in the first session?
The first session is usually called an Assessment session. In this session, Counsellor and Client will be working together to understand what the concerns and issues are which are bringing you to therapy. We may also look at your background, your relationships and how you are currently feeling. We look at what the potential goals could be and negotiate our meeting time each week. The first session is also an opportunity for you to see how you feel in the session and decide if you would like to continue.
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