What to expect from individual counselling.
Making that initial contact
It takes some people a while to pick up the telephone and to make that initial call. Many individuals feel nervous and anxious, especially if it is their first time speaking to a Counsellor/Psychotherapist. So you are not alone.
Some prefer to write an email instead of calling the Counsellor/Psychotherapist prior to booking a consultation.
Even though I often suggest making a telephone call for a brief chat before booking a consultation, there is no right or wrong way and it is entirely up to you.
Booking a consultation
Consultations and any subsequent counselling sessions are 50 minutes long. It is a chance for us to get to know each other. If at the end of the consultation we are both happy to work together, we can book another session. You can book these sessions as you go along or if you prefer you can do a block booking. Some people like to book more than one session at a time so they know in advance what days and times their appointments are. It is an individual choice. I usually suggest, especially at the start, to book weekly sessions as these help to build our relationship. Later you can spread them out to fortnightly if you wish. If you are working shifts we can do our best to fit in sessions accordingly. Some people just come for sessions as and when they need them. I have morning, afternoon and evening availability in Ealing Broadway and Ruislip Manor. From 15th February 2018, I will be available on Thursday evenings in Mayfair.
I give the option of making a payment in advance via a bank transfer (BACS) or PayPal. I no longer accept cash on the day. I charge for a consultation and any subsequent sessions. The duration of each session is approximately 50 minutes.
How will I know if the Counsellor/Psychotherapist is the right one for me?
Individuals are often anxious about choosing the right Counsellor or Psychotherapist to talk to about issues concerning them.
I always suggest individuals get in touch with a few Counsellors/Psychotherapists, to begin with. You can find a Counsellor/Psychotherapist in your local area if you visit websites such as the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and Counselling Directory. You can go ahead and book an appointment with a Counsellor/Psychotherapist you feel most comfortable talking to. Some people may decide to book a consultation with a few Counsellors/Psychotherapists before deciding which one they would like to work with.
How can counselling (with art) help?
Individuals may be experiencing anxiety, depression, anger, stress, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, abuse, loss or bereavement. People may be going through life changes and want to speak to someone professional and impartial so they do not have to worry about burdening family or friends.
It is often hard to explain how counselling works exactly and there is no magic wand. However, I believe it is all about the therapeutic relationship.
I always find it helpful when client’s give me feedback. It is important to say what is on your mind and ask questions about your sessions so you have the opportunity to work through any issues with your Counsellor/Psychotherapist. The struggles you may be experiencing in your relationships may be mirrored in the therapy room. So keep dialoguing.
Counselling (with art) may help you to increase your self-awareness, gain new insights and find clarity in your situation. Clients often say that what they have become aware of in their counselling sessions have helped them to do things differently in their relationships and in life in general.
If you have any questions or would like more information and to book a consultation, please contact me, Chinar, via 07754 001908 or Chinar@liberating-creativity.com