Counselling offers an opportunity for you to think and talk in confidence about difficulties, experiences, feelings, fears, anxieties and problems that are concerning you.
However, it is important to realise that counselling is not something that is done to the client, but rather the therapist can act as a guide to accompany him or her on a journey of self discovery. It is a joint endeavour by both client and therapist and requires commitment from both.
Your therapist will be ready for you at the appointed time and if you should arrive late without prior agreement with your therapist the counselling session may not be able to continue after the agreed finishing time.
Please do not take alcohol or drugs (other than prescribed drugs) before a session.
In general it is most beneficial for ending therapy to be a mutual decision rather than a one-sided or impulsive action. If either you or your therapist feels it is time to close the therapy you will discuss this and will agree a period of time during which to close the therapy. In most cases we would suggest a minimum of one session but in the case of long term therapy (6 months or more), we usually like to allow a longer period in order to respect the relationship and give time to complete.
What Benefits can be Expected?
By careful listening and non-judgmental attitude, the therapist can help a client to explore bottled-up feelings of anger, guilt and grief without fear of being criticised or blamed. This leads to greater self-respect in the client and more confidence in his or her ability to enjoy life and to survive pain.