No, but it is advisable if you have been diagnosed with any specific mental health problem, or are on any related medication to speak to your doctor and discuss the possibility of counselling
It is very important to find the right counsellor for you. They should be fully qualified and it is advisable that they are a member of a recognized professional body e.g. BACP and therefore adhere to the code of ethics of that organization. You should be able to get some idea from your first session as to whether the counsellor is right for you. Don't be afraid to ask questions during your assessment session.
You don't. However, if you are willing to engage in the process and really want to make changes in your life, then the right counsellor will undoubtedly help you to achieve your goals. Counselling is now accepted by most health professionals as an effective way of dealing with problems and difficulties experienced in life.
Yes. If your counsellor is a member of BACP or similar body, they will be bound by the code of ethics which states that all counselling sessions are confidential and information cannot be divulged to another party unless there is a risk of harm to yourself or other individuals.
Most counselling charges range form £30 - £50 per hour. I charge £40 per hour and a concessionary rate of £30 for people on a low income, over 65's and students.
I appreciate that at times it is not possible for you to attend your allocated session. In the first instance I will try to arrange an alternative time for you, but if this is not possible as long as you give 24 hours' notice, and in cases of emergency, you will not be charged for your session.
Each session normally lasts for 1 hour. However the initial session may last for up to 1.5 hours (at no extra cost) as it will be necessary to find out a little bit about you and contracts will be discussed.
It is impossible to say, there is no "average" number of sessions. Sometimes one session is enough for a client to feel much better, other clients will feel the need to meet with their counsellor for several sessions to resolve the problem or begin to work toward addressing what it is that has been worrying them. It really does depend on the client and the difficulties they are experiencing.
If you have any other questions you wish to ask about the counselling process you can send me your query via the contact form. I will get back to you as soon as I can.