Frequently Asked Questions

These are questions that clients ask me most often.

Why do people seek counselling?

People come to counselling for different reasons. It could be that there has been a recent turbulent event, or it could be about an interpersonal trauma or both. Counselling is about becoming more aware of one’s deepest sources of hope, which includes gaining insight in and understanding of one’s self. This can include building self-assurance and broadening the choices available. There could be a problem that needs resolving or a wish to improving and maintaining relationships. It could also include finding a way to come to terms with past experiences. These are just a few of the reasons why people seek counselling or psychotherapy: there are as many reasons as there are clients.

How do I work as a counsellor and psychotherapist?

The first session will be an assessment, in order for us both to decide if and how we can work together and what type of psychotherapeutic process is most suited to your needs. Usually, the counsellor and client work together for a series of sessions on a weekly basis. Sessions last 60 minutes. However, the number and frequency of sessions would be agreed and tailored to the client’s needs, and this could be reviewed at any time. Change may be swift or slower: some clients may only need a few sessions, while others may want to undertake more in-depth work.

What is the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)?

The BACP is one of the principal professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy in the UK. Members who are appropriately trained and qualified are known as “accredited counsellors”. In order to be accredited by the BACP, counsellors have to ensure that, after their basic training, they partake in ongoing training activities, have professional insurance, and partake in regular supervision. The BACP provides a strict Code of Ethics and a complaints procedure. This ensures that the highest standards of professional practice and confidentiality are maintained to safeguard the client. For more information, please see the BACP’s website at www.bacp.co.uk.