Counselling is a process that uses listening and reflecting skills to help a client develop a better understanding of their own problems. Counselling is not about getting advice. Instead counselling aims to help the client find their own inner resources to approach problems in a fresh and more productive way. This is achieved through the development of a trusting relationship between the counsellor and client. It is therefore important to feel valued and understood by your counsellor, so that you can trust the counselling process.
Length and frequency of sessions:
Sessions last 50 minutes, ideally once a week, for a period of weeks or months, depending on your needs and the difficulty you are experiencing. Different intervals between appointments can be negotiated but attending regularly helps the counselling process and allows you to perhaps experiment with different behaviours or try out relaxation techniques. After six sessions of counselling a review will take place to assess how you feel counselling is going and whether further sessions would be helpful.
The first session:
The first session is an opportunity for us to meet and decide if counselling may help you. I will ask questions to help explore what has brought you to counselling, as well as answer any questions you may have about the way I work. We will then both decide if we can work together. For counselling to be effective it is important to have a therapeutic relationship that feels right for both of us.
Cancellations or late arrivals:
If you unable to keep an appointment I ask that you contact me as soon as possible. If this is less than 24 hours before your appointment, then I usually charge £10 for the room booking. Please note that if you arrive late for your session, it will still end on time so as not to delay the next person.
Payment is usually made at the end of the session by cash or cheque and the cost is £35 for daytime appointments and £40 for evening appointments after 6pm. I do offer a limited number of reduced fee appointments for clients on low incomes. This can be discussed at the first session.
What you talk about with me is private and confidential, however there are some exceptions to this rule. If you disclose anything that may cause me to believe that you or another person are at risk of harm, then I may need to disclose this. I would always discuss this with you first.
In line with professional guidelines I also discuss my work with a counselling supervisor, but your anonymity is maintained.
The room I work from is based at 13b Rustlings Road, Sheffield, S11 7AA and is opposite Endcliffe Park.
If you need any further information, please call me on 07583 092963 or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cathy Clements | Clearview Counselling
13b Rustlings Road, Sheffield, S11 7AA
Tel: 07583 092963
Cathy Clements is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Registration number 172338