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Frequently asked questions

HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?

Many clients feel that a few session are enough. For others with deeper issues it will last longer. Everyone is different and we will discuss this with you during the first session.

SUPPOSING I'M CONFUSED AND DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY?

Many people are unclear about what they feel, think and want. This is normal. Our job is to help you to clarify what's going on in your life, put things into perspective and enable you to deal with the things which are important for you.

WHAT IF I WANT COUNSELLING AND CAN'T AFFORD IT?

We offer a sliding scale to clients depending on your circumstances. If we cannot accommodate you then we will put you in touch with other agencies.

I LIVE IN A SMALL TOWN. HOW DO I KNOW THAT WHAT I SAY IS CONFIDENTIAL?

Counselling takes place in a confidential and secure setting and we are not permitted by the Code of Ethics of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy to divulge what you say. Exceptions are particular circumstances such as terrorism, harm to others.

HOW DO I KNOW THAT THE COUNSELLOR IS DOING HIS/HER JOB PROPERLY?

We belong to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and as such our work is monitored through regular supervision in accordance with the Code of Practice. If you are unsatified you may use the BACP's complaints procedure.

WILL I BECOME DEPENDENT?

Most people do not.  However sometimes when people are working on particularly difficult issues they will want to maintain the work over a longer period.

MY FRIEND SAYS THAT SHE FELT WORSE FOR A BIT. WILL THAT BE THE SAME FOR ME?

Many people manage their difficulties by pushing them down, getting on with their lives and being busy. Counselling will offer you the a safe setting to look at these issues and it may seem uncomfortable for a while. However, by facing up to your difficulties with help, you will come to a point where you feel more in control of your life and be able to make choices based on a realstic assessment of things.

ARE THERE ANY ISSUES YOU DON'T WORK WITH?

We do not work with eating disorders such as bulminia and anorexia, severe obsessions and addictions, people who abuse children and mental health issues such as schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder. These are dealt with by professionals who specialise in these areas.

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