Our counsellors will always start with an initial assessment session. This usually identifies whether the work you need to do will be short term or longer term. It gives you an opportunity to think about what you would like to get out of the sessions, to ask the questions you want to ask, and to make sure that the 'feel' of the therapist is right for you.
On a short term basis, we can offer brief counselling which would consist of an assessment session followed by a pre-defined number of counselling sessions. This is usually a brief and solution-focussed way of working (5-6 sessions), and can be very effective if you are going through some kind of current life stress (work stress, loss of confidence etc.)
These sessions would help you to look at managing the symptoms of, for example, stress, anxiety or some difficult life situation. You will be able to 'offload' and to develop some strategies for yourself to improve your functioning in your life. During the sessions, the work will regularly be reviewed between yourself and your Counsellor to make sure that it is what you need.
If, during the course of the short term work, you uncover material which may require longer term therapy - for example issues around prolonged low self worth, repeated difficulties in relationships, or early childhood trauma, your Counsellor will discuss this with you and you will jointly look at moving forward. There is never an obligation for you to do longer term work and the choice to do so is always yours. In longer term Counselling, the working relationship between yourself and your Counsellor is deepened in order to create a safe space for historical issues, patterns and narratives to come to the surface. Long term Counselling will only happen with your engagement in the counselling process.