We can all benefit from talking therapy, whether it is formal in terms of going to see a therapist or a counsellor, or more casually (like most of us do day to day) talking to our friends and our own support systems that surround us every day.
That said though, sometimes we feel we cannot talk to our friends and family, for a whole range of reasons. Off the top of my head I know I have resisted opening up to people around me because; I don’t want to be a burden, or I worry what they will think, or – and this is a big one – sometimes it is those relationships which, although cherished, are the ones that are causing difficulties. And this is where a totally impartial, unrelated therapist can step in. Hi.
So, what can you expect when you come to see me? First of all we need to figure out if therapy is right for you and if we are a good fit. If you don’t feel comfortable with me, you won’t get the best of our sessions and let’s be honest, that’s no use. Whether you want CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) or Stress Advice the same rules apply. Everything you tell me is in strictest confidence and goes no further than you and I. (The only time that this confidence would be broken is if there is risk of a serious harm to the client or others as well as the Terrorism Act 2000*). It would be great to think that everything can be resolved in one session, but sadly this is very rarely the case…I’ll be honest I don’t think that anything has ever been resolved as quickly as that. For CBT you should expect to have at least 5 weekly or fortnightly sessions, and Stress Advice over 6 weeks. To get the most out of both you will be given some ideas and guidance of things to work on between sessions to fully get the most out of the process.
Other than that, it’s very straightforward. I am there to listen to you free from judgement and in a safe space, there is a good reason that that is a cliché because it is true.
*The Terrorism Act 2000 makes it a criminal offence for a person to fail to disclose, without reasonable excuse, any information which he either knows or believes might help prevent another person carrying out an act of terrorism or might help in bringing a terrorist to justice in the UK
Taking the first steps to see a counsellor or therapist can be hard. You may have reservations for a number of reasons. It is important that you come to therapy when you are ready and feel comfortable.
With this in mind I have put together some downloadable resources for you. There is no commitment, no need to give an email address or any idenfitying information. This is completely anonymous