Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some things you might be wondering about…

What kind of problems can counselling help me with?

Counselling can help with a wide range of concerns including:

  • Abuse
  • Addiction
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Eating Disorders
  • Health Issues
  • Major life changes
  • Redundancy and work issues
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Sexuality
  • Trauma
  • Violence
  • Worry

How Many Sessions Will I need ?

This will all be dependent on your needs. You may require short-term therapy, which is 6-8 sessions or you may require longer-term. We will disucss further during your intial assessment and monitor as we go.

What is an Assessment Apointment?

The first session of any counselling is an assessment which lasts for around an hour and a half. During this time I will ask certain questions about you and your life. This information helps to make an intital assessment of your circumstance and the type of counselling best suited to your needs

How do I know if a counsellor is qualified?

You can always ask the consellor what their qualifications are. If you do not feel the counsellor is right for you, please discuss it with them.

What does a counsellor do?

Listening carefully is the largest part of what all counsellors do. They make sure clients have clarified the problem areas in their own terms and help them decide what steps they want to take next. Counsellors will always let the work proceed at the client’s pace

Will my counsellor give me advice?

Your counsellor is not there to give advice, tell you what to do or judge you in any way. The aim of counselling is to help you come to your own decision(s), only you know how you feel in any given situation. The counsellor might sum up what they understand you have been saying so that they can help you form a plan of action.

What is the difference between talking to a friend and talking to a counsellor ?

Sometimes talking to a friend can be helpful and counsellors often encourage clients to use their family and and friends. However there are some disadvantages to using friends as your only confidants and support.

Friends and family could feel a conflict of loyalty and find it hard to keep things confidential. They may become upset themselves by what you are telling them and could become upset if you don’t accept their advice.

Counsellors’ training means they have formal support and a work structure which helps them to deal with upsetting and difficult situations; friends may begin to feel overburdened, especially if they have their own problems too.

How do I know I will receive a professional service?

I offer therapy of the highest quality, and my service is accredited by BACP (The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and I also work tothe BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.

How Do I Get Started?


Free 20 Min Chat

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1st Session!

During our first session we’ll take time to do an intial assesssment where I’ll get to know you better. 

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07925 689282

Poundbury Dorset