The Dittons Counselling

Frequently asked questions

How many sessions does counselling involve?
Counselling begins with an initial assessment and continues for any length from 6 weeks to, in some cases, many years, depending on what you feel is beneficial. The contract can be re-assessed at any time to suit you. However, counselling is not a quick fix and we will ideally work together for as long as it takes for you to resolve your personal issues.
How much notice do I need to give if I need to cancel an appointment?
24 hours’ notice is the minimum amount I require but as much time as possible would be helpful for me.
Suppose I am running late for a session?
These things happen! Please phone me if you can to let me know.
Can I bring a friend?
The counselling I offer is to individuals. If you feel you would like to bring someone to the session please let me know and this is something we could explore. (Counselling can feel a little scary and overwhelming, particularly at the beginning, but I can help you with these feelings).
Will I get upset?
Counselling can be a difficult and emotional process but I am there to support you and offer understanding throughout. Remember though, it is also very rewarding and can be life-changing.
Is counselling confidential?
Yes. I offer a highly confidential service.
Can I have counselling over the phone or via the internet?
I believe the healing process is more successful with face to face counselling as it is more personal and much can be communicated through body language that would be missed if a client was not physically present as in the case of telephone counselling. However, I do offer both telephone and Skype counselling in certain circumstances.
How is counselling different to chatting with my mum or a friend?
I am a professional counsellor with an unbiased and non-judgmental ear. I do not offer an opinion, I am there to help you become self-aware and be alongside you throughout your journey.
Sometimes I do not feel like talking.
That’s ok. A lot can be said with silence.