Psychological Counselling is not easily described in general statements. It varies depending on the personalities of the Psychologist and client and the particular problems you bring forward. There are many different methods we may use to deal with the problems that you hope to address. Psychological Counselling is not like a medical doctor visit. Instead, it calls for a very active effort on your part. In order for the therapy to be most successful, you will have to work on the things we talk about both during our sessions and at home.
Counselling can have significant benefits and possible risks. Since therapy often involves discussing unpleasant aspects of your life, you may experience uncomfortable feelings, like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness. However, counselling has been shown to have benefits for people who go through it. Therapy often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant reductions in feelings of distress.
Our first session or two will involve an evaluation of your needs. By the end of the evaluation, we will be able to offer you some first impressions of what our work will include and a treatment plan to follow. If you have questions about our procedures, we should discuss them whenever they arise.
To begin with, we usually schedule one 50 minute session per week (one appointment hour of 50 minutes duration), at a time we agree on. Some sessions may be longer, or more or less frequent.