“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”

Viktor E Frankl

What to Expect from Counselling

Counselling is one way of helping you to gain a better understanding of your own thoughts and feelings and finding ways to move forward with your problems. Counselling isn’t usually about giving advice or telling you what to do.

Taking that first step into contacting a Counsellor can feel huge, and sometimes over whelming. It will be normal to experience anxiety, nerves and fear along side excitement and hope. Finding the right Counsellor for you is an important part of the process and that is why I have up to a 30-minute assessment free as part of that process.

I will ask you questions, and together we can establish if I am the right type of counsellor for you. This will help establish if you feel comfortable talking to me about things you might not feel comfortable discussing with anyone else. The relationship between us will be central to the counselling, so it is important that you feel able to ask me questions and that you feel the counselling I am offering matches up with your own expectations and requirements. I will not be offended if you decide I am not the counsellor for you.

Counselling sessions are confidential, but there are some limits which I have included in the section below.

Counselling is a unique experience for each of us, it can be a life changing experience, but it can also be emotionally challenging. Some clients will want counselling for a short period to help with a particular issue. Others with deeper longer-term issues may want extensive sessions. Either short term or long term, it is important that you have realistic expectations and that you have in mind aims or goals you want to achieve, even if these change through the process. Counselling isn’t a magic wand that can erase the past, but it can be a successful tool in finding a positive way of living and moving forward.

Limits of Confidentiality

As a counsellor I work within the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy Ethical Framework. This means I will not pass on personal information about clients (including information on attendance at counselling sessions) to anyone subject to the following exceptions:

• If the client threatens to cause significant risk of harm to themselves or others

• If the counsellor believes a child or vulnerable adult is at risk of harm or abuse

• If the client shares information relating to the following legislation: -

The Terrorism Act (2000) requires that the counsellor disclose any belief of suspicion of acts of terrorism. 

The Drug Trafficking Act (1986) requires the counsellor to disclose to the police information of any individual making money through drug trafficking.

The Road Traffic Act (2000) requires the counsellor to provide information to the police that might identify a driver in a traffic offence. In addition, if a counsellor becomes aware that a client may be driving whilst unsafe (e.g., through epilepsy, medical condition, drug or alcohol abuse) the law requires the counsellor to pass this information to the DVLA.

• I have received written consent from the client to pass on information on their behalf

• I would be liable to a court procedure if the information was not disclosed

I will usually attempt to gain consent from the client before passing on information, if unable to do so I may pass on the information to the relevant person/agency directly.