How do you decide if I'm the right counsellor for you?
Finding the right counsellor to work with is a very important step in your counselling journey and it can be helpful to talk to different counsellors before making a decision. You need to feel safe and comfortable and be able to make small talk as, if you can talk about the small things, you will be able to bring the big! Being able to relate and feel connection is necessary as is being accepted for who you are.
If you decide to proceed with counselling, we will agree on a working agreement outlining the responsibilities of both of us in our therapeutic relationship. This generally includes a regular time on a day of the week for the duration of your counselling enabling you freedom to plan around your session.
How can I help you resolve any issues or concerns you may bring to therapy?
As an experienced counsellor I can explain how we can work together giving you a basic 'road map'. The outcome of therapy is very much dependent on our collaborative relationship built on trust and honesty and how able you are to be you in your counselling sessions without limitations.
What happens in a counselling session?
That really is up to you. The session lasts for 50 minutes and that time is entirely devoted to you to use as you wish. Our initial sessions may begin by exploring what has brought you to counselling and any concerns or issues that are uppermost in your mind. As we begin to discuss your life it may be deeper thoughts and feelings emerge which you might wish to explore; the extent of your journey really is dependent on how far you are prepared to go. If you find there are parts of your history / personality that you are avoiding in therapy then this can tentatively be discussed.
Is therapy confidential?
Yes. I adhere to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy’s Ethical Framework. There are some very rare exceptions which may require me to break confidentiality for example, if you express a serious wish to harm yourself or others. Confidentiality is explained in detail within a document that will be provided to you and discussed within your first appointment.
How often should I attend therapy?
Therapy is a big commitment and should not be undertaken lightly. Appointments are weekly and generally on the same day and at the same time. This means that this time is your time. Where this is not possible due to work schedules or other commitments, we can book weekly appointments to suit.
Is your practice regulated and insured?
Yes. I am qualified, fully insured and a registered member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) which provides me with an ethical framework and a complaints procedure for clients.
If you have a question that has not been answered within FAQ’s please feel free to contact me.
Andrew Byrne BA (hons) MBACP, MNCS (Accred).
Relational Integrative Psychotherapist
Professional counselling and psychotherapy in Ash Vale and Odiham
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