Is all Counselling the same?
Is choosing the right counsellor easy, certainly not! There are several different types of counselling theory, and counsellors have taken different types of training, usually in keeping with their own, personal philosophy. Therefore, you may find it helpful to find out answers to the following questions upon meeting a counsellor for the first time:
- How does the Counsellor behave towards me? Do I feel comfortable in his or her presence?
- How does this Counsellor make me feel when I’m in the room with them?
- What do I think when I am with this Counsellor?
- What goes on ‘within me’ when I sit in the room with this Counsellor?
- Do I feel like myself, or am I on my guard/suspicious with this Counsellor?
- Am I behaving like someone else in the room with this counsellor, i.e. putting on a show?
- Which parts of myself am I wanting to hide away and not speak about?
- Can I relate to this counsellor, being a qualified professional whom I do not know?
- Are there any obvious obstacles, or blocks to me relating to this counsellor?
- Do I feel I need to hide anything from this Counsellor (that I’d share with someone else)?
- What are my assumptions about how this Counsellor is experiencing me?
- Have I asked all the questions I would like to in this meeting?
- Does this Counsellor appear accepting, or are they judgemental of me?
There are, of course, the usual questions of fees (per session or a series of sessions), and how frequently you attend counselling. Generally speaking, it can be better to attend weekly sessions to begin with, moving to fortnightly, or even monthly as you begin to feel better.
Counselling with Harmony
At Harmony Counselling, we recommend that you book an initial consultation of about 50 minutes so that you can understand what is likely to be involved before committing to us. We discuss your reasons for seeking counselling, and whether it is suitable for us to start working together. If I am unable to help, I can refer on to other experts suited to your specific circumstances. There are details of our fees here.
Contacting Harmony Counselling
For a confidential initial conversation about Harmony Counselling, either for you or a friend/relative contact, (without obligation), Debs Wallace or call 07500 770464.