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  • What should I expect from counselling?

    You should expect one or a series of confidential appointments of up to an hour in length in a suitable professional setting.

  • The process should also provide you with the opportunity to:

    • make sense of your individual circumstances
    • have contact with a therapist who will help identify the choices for change
    • feel supported during the process of change
    • reach a point where you are better equipped to cope with the future

  • Is counselling and psychotherapy confidential?

    Everything you discuss is confidential between you and the counsellor or psychotherapist. There can be certain legal exceptions and the practitioner should clarify this with you prior to the establishment of any agreed contract for working.

    You may have specific queries about confidentiality depending on the format of the therapy. For example, with online counselling, you may wish to ask the following questions to your therapist:

    • Are the notes from therapy protected by passwords and encrypted?
    • Are printouts held in a secure cabinet?
    • What happens when there are technical problems?

  • Will I get hooked on counselling?

    The goal of any talking treatment is your increased self-awareness, skill acquisition and independence. During counselling, you may develop some feelings of reliance upon the therapist. Although a normal reaction it can, at times, feel worrying, but a professional counsellor knows exactly how to handle these feelings and will genuinely be interested in helping you make progress.

  • How can I get counselling or psychotherapy for a family member or friend?

    Usually this is not possible. A person cannot be sent for counselling or psychotherapy. They must wish to use the service and make the approach themselves. By all means, find out the names of therapists on their behalf but do encourage a direct approach by the person who needs the help if at all possible.

  • What is supervision?

    All BACP therapists need to be in supervision which is a form of consultative support and must therefore discuss their work with at least one other person. However, a supervisor is also bound by rules of confidentiality so in practice there should be no likelihood of any breach of trust.

 

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