How long does counselling take?
Understandably I’m often asked by clients, “How long does counselling take?” Unfortunately there isn’t a straightforward answer to this question. Some clients come expecting to stay for a long time and will feel ready to end after a month or two. Others hope to be “fixed” in a couple of sessions and end up staying for much longer! Everyone’s journey is different and takes unexpected twists and turns. Sometimes it helps to have a very clear idea about what you’d like to achieve or a specific question you want to address, but often it’s an overwhelming feeling of uncertainty and confusion which inspires people to seek counselling. If this is the case it can take a while to get a sense of what the question actually is, in order to begin finding answers. Generally speaking, however, the duration of my work with clients is usually somewhere between 2-6 months.
How much does counselling cost?
Counselling can be a big investment of time and money, but the benefits can be huge and it can often be life changing. It’s hard to put a value on that!
I charge £55 for a fifty minute session of one-to-one counselling and £90 for a seventy-five minute session of couples counselling. I fully appreciate that there are many people who are in need of counselling who simply cannot afford this cost. I do keep a couple of lower cost places open, so please get in touch if you’d like to work with me but are unable to afford my standard fee. There are also some excellent low cost counselling services available in East Sussex, but they usually have a waiting list. If you live in or around Brighton & Hove, check out As You Are in Southwick. Counselling Plus in Hastings also comes highly recommended.
How do I work out if you’re the right counsellor for me?
This is a difficult question for those seeking counselling for the first time, because there are so many counsellors out there offering so many different types of therapy. The amount of choice can be overwhelming.
I offer a free introductory session over the phone, or sometimes face-to-face, depending on circumstances. This session will last around half an hour and will give us the chance to get a feel for one another. You will have some time to tell me a little about why you’ve decided to seek a counsellor and I will ask some straightforward questions which will help me to assess whether I’m the right counsellor for you.
After you’ve had a chance to reflect on this first meeting you may feel I’m not the right person to accompany you on this important journey you’ve chosen to take. This might take the form of a gut feeling. Trust it! I’m not right for everyone. It’s also possible I may feel that another counsellor is better suited to be your companion on this journey. This might be because I feel you would benefit from working with someone who specialises in a particular area, such as trauma.
This is really important because it is the quality of the relationship we will build together which will be the key factor in enabling you to begin growing in the direction you want to. We both need to be able to put our trust and faith in the relationship in order to create the right conditions for this to happen.
Are you ready to take the next step? Call me on 07935 571288 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a free introductory telephone session.