Counselling - What to Expect

What to expect on your first appointment

You can expect a safe, confidential place for you to talk, without fear of being judged or told what to do. A space where you can talk about the issues that you want to talk about and to ask any questions you may have about the therapy. It is an opportunity to explore whether you can work with the Therapist.

If at the initial meeting you feel you can work with the Therapist, a number of sessions may be agreed upon or possibly the time scale is left open ended with a view to review in a set number of weeks. Counselling is usually short term (6 to 20 weeks). Psychotherapy is longer and open ended with regular reviews and can be several months to several years.

Will I be given advice on what to do?

Counselling and Psychotherapy is faciliative not prescriptive. The intention being not to prescribe solutions but to assist you in examining your difficulties and the choices you have for dealing with those difficulties. With confidentiality and respect for your own perceptions of experience, you will be supported and guided towards your own solutions.


Therapy is confidential. It is possible that aspects of the work might be discussed in supervision but personal details which may identify a client are not revealed.

Duration and Frequency

The first session will last 70 minutes. There is no committment to continue after the initial session. Therapy sessions are usually weekly and last 50 minutes. You are free to end your therapy at any time. At the end of an agreed number of sessions you can jointly assess progress and decide whether you wish to continue.