Allay Counselling

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I need counselling? 

Only you can decide whether you wish to attend counselling. You may want to seek counselling for a variety of reasons: to change old patterns of behaviour, find clarity on an issue, resolve relationship difficulties, to cope with a crisis.  You may have been advised to seek counselling by your doctor or even a family member or friend.

What happens in a counselling session?

There is no template for a counselling session.  It is a time set aside for you and what is discussed will vary according to your needs, you are free to talk about what you want to.  You may talk about your feelings, your thoughts, dilemmas, your goals, everyday events.

How regularly will I see my counsellor?

Regularity is important for productive therapeutic work.  The standard format of weekly sessions helps you make gradual and steady progress.  It may be appropriate that as you approach the end of your counselling you may be offered fortnightly sessions.

How long does each counselling session last?

Each session will last one hour.

Why do I have to pay for missed/cancelled therapy sessions?

If you proceed with therapy after the first consultation I will reserve the same time slot for you each week.  This ensures that your sessions are guaranteed.

How do I pay for my sessions?

Payment is in advance by cash or cheque so I would ask for two sessions to be paid for at our initial session.

How long should I expect to continue with counselling?

The number of sessions will depend on you and your presenting issues.  Usually you will start with six sessions and review after that.  Cognitive Berhavioural Therapy is designed to be short term and lasts 6 - 20 sessions.  Other approaches tend to be longer and may last for months, even years.

Will my counselling sessions be confidential?

Yes. Counselling sessions are confidential with the exception that you may pose a dnger to yourself or others.  Only in extreme cases, such as risk to human life or a child's safety or disclosure of acts of terrorism (1989) would any contact be made with third parties.

Will my counsellor be available for me in a crisis?

I will be available to you at our scheduled appointment times.  I am not able to provide an emergency service to you and you will need to seek other resources for help during that time.  In such cases you should contact your GP, the Samaritans (08457909090, or if necessary, the emergency services.

Can I refer someone for counselling?

Friends, family and colleagues may be concerned about an individuals well being and would like to see them have counselling.  However, it is most helpful if the individual in question can make contact themselves as it is an important step in acknowledging that they may need assistance.  Please contact me if you would like to discuss this further.




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