Counselling in Edinburgh – Frequently Asked questions
How long are the counselling appointments?
Typically counselling sessions last an hour, but sometimes shorter or longer sessions are arranged.
When do you meet with clients?
I have day and evening appointments available, but evening slots can get filled up quite quickly. I aim to find a time that is a good fit for you and schedule that as your regular time. This way you can easily plan for your weekly appointment. If I cannot initially find a time to suit I will move you into a slot that is a better fit as soon as one becomes available.
How often should I meet with a counsellor?
In general I would recommend meeting with me on a weekly basis, as I feel the intensity of this has a more beneficial effect. However, there may be reasons you would prefer to meet at a different frequency which we can discuss at an initial session.
Is there a waiting list?
At some times of the year I am fully booked and can let you know when a space becomes available, at other times I aim to make our first appointment within a week.
Are the sessions confidential?
Yes, counselling sessions are confidential: however, there are some legal and ethical exceptions and I may share some of the ‘process’ (rather than any personal details) with my supervisor to keep my practice at a high standard. We can discuss this is further details at an initial counselling session.
How many sessions will be required?
This is a difficult question to answer, as it will depend on so many factors such as the issues and how you feel. I have worked with people who have had just several sessions, and those who have had long periods of therapy. I am very ethical in the way I work with others and would never prolong therapy – it would also be up to you to judge when it feels a good time to end counselling with me.