Frequently Asked Questions

What happens at my first session?

The purpose of the initial meeting is to assess whether counselling is appropriate to your needs and allows us to discuss the issue/s, that you seek support for. It will involve some form filling, note taking and enquiring. If after the first session you decide I am not the right person for you, rest assured that I will not be offended. I will do my best to assist you in finding a more suitable counsellor should you so require.


How long will I need to work with you?

This depends on what we agree together. Mostly every six sessions we review our work and decide on the regularity of our sessions and if you wish to continue.

Some people prefer to work short term in brief therapy and others want to continue for longer periods. The number of sessions will vary according to your needs.

You can choose to take a break, seek counselling elsewhere, or return to counselling at any time. In my experience, there are as many people who require a few sessions as a “quick fix” to their situation, as those who require counselling longer term. It really is your choice – you will know when you are ready to go it alone!


How can I make counselling work for me?

You can help yourself by being committed to the counselling process – it often requires much effort and determination to work effectively. If you know what you want to achieve from counselling you are halfway there to solving the problem. However, counselling can assist you to determine your goals if you are unsure of which way to turn. Although you choose what to reveal in counselling, it is important that what you do disclose is as honest and accurate as possible.


Is what I tell you confidential?

The purpose of confidentiality is to provide you with safety and privacy.
Information disclosed is kept strictly confidential and would only be broken if there was a perceived risk of serious harm to you or another person. I regularly meet with my supervisor within a small group setting. We are all counsellors and bound by the same BACP Code of Ethics. At no time is your identity revealed.


What happens if I arrive late?

If you arrive late for a session, the session will begin straight away but will still have to end at the allotted time.


What happens if I miss a session?

If for any reason you have to miss a session then I ask you to pay for it in full, unless I have received a minimum of 48 hours notice.


How does counselling come to an end?

This will be discussed during our work together. We will work towards an ending when it feels right for you.

Phone Sue Goode at London East Counselling on 07904 091763 or contact me online.

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