Private counselling in Ealing W5
What happens during the initial session?
It is understandable that you may feel nervous and uncomfortable the first time we meet. Crucially, it is very important to find the 'right fit' in terms of counsellor in order to feel it is ok to be vulnerable and to feel accepted for who you are.
The first session gives you the opportunity to meet me and ask any questions you may have before deciding if you want to continue with me as your counsellor. It also gives me a chance to find out more about you and what issues you are bringing as well as giving me an idea of your goals and expectations.
How many sessions might I need? How long will it take?
Some people come for 4 or 6 sessions, others between 4 months to a year.
The choice will be always yours, but having said that, counselling is not necessarily a quick fix. These days we expect to find a solution fast. Unfortunately we as humans don't work that way, and whilst some benefits might be seen after a few sessions, if you are dealing with deeper issues it might take longer to resolve long-term issues. My aim is not to keep you in therapy for as long as possible, but to enable you to leave feeling stronger and able to cope with life as soon as you feel ready.
It is worth knowing that sometimes you might come out feeling worse initially then when you came in. This is part of the process as you might be talking about feelings you have pushed down for years.