Frequently Asked Questions

Is therapy confidential?
Yes, except if you have serious intentions of harming another person or yourself, or if you pose a risk to children.

Do I need to be referred by my GP?
No, it's not necessary to be referred by your GP to make an appointment, though I may ask for your GP details.

Do I need therapy?

If there are things troubling you, if you feel low, or if you have questions or doubts or you don't understand   your feelings then it's likely that you would benefit from therapy.

How long will it last?

This will depend on   your needs, which we can discuss when we meet. Therapy can last   from a few months, a year or longer.

What if I feel scared?
Undertaking counseling is a daunting   process, although one which could ultimately be one of the most important choices you make

What if I decide it is not for me?

This is fine and you remain in charge of when to stop throughout our work.

How will it help me?
Different people have different goals. Some people turn their lives around, for others the changes are more subtle, while others have a specific problem they wish to resolve such as an addiction or compulsion.

What makes a good therapist?
Ultimately the quality of the   relationship between client and counselor is the most important thing, as well as the capacity to understand in detail your life circumstances and predicament.