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Confidential and Supportive

Psychotherapeutic Counselling,

Couples Counselling & Psychosexual Therapy

 

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Maggie Hardy
 MBACP

07735 602788

maggie@open-minds.net  

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Martin Fahey
 MBACP

07920 554775

martin@open-minds.net

FAQ 

Frequently Asked Questions

How old do I have to be to have counselling?

 

Maggie offers counselling support to clients aged 16 and over.

Martin is able to offer counselling to adults aged 18 and over.

 

How can Counselling help me?

 

It can sometimes be difficult to express your real feelings to friends and family because they might become upset or too involved, or even because they might be part of the problem. Talking things through with an impartial and empathic counsellor can be easier. It gives you the time and space to talk through your problems in confidence without worrying about upsetting those closest to you or being criticised for feeling the way you do.

 

If I come to an initial consultation do I have to commit to further counselling?

 

No. The initial consultation is an opportunity for you to see whether you feel comfortable with the counsellor and to ask questions about how they will work with you. If you feel that the counsellor is not right for you, you are under no obligation to commit to any further sessions.

 

How long is each session?

 

The initial consultation takes up to one hour. Each following counselling session lasts for 50 minutes and takes place regularly at the same time each week.

 

How long will I need to come for counselling therapy?

 

This will depend on your circumstances and needs. Some people find that they only need a few sessions to help resolve a specific issue. However, others may have problems that have become deeply embedded over many years and will need many more sessions to work through them.  Your counsellor will discuss the options with you before you decide on the most appropriate way forward.

 

Are counselling sessions confidential?

 

Yes, with the exception of certain legal obligations to report issues such child abuse, money laundering or harming others, no information will be disclosed without your prior written consent. Also, as members of the BACP, our counsellors are obliged to undertake supervision to ensure safe practice. Your counsellor may discuss aspects of the work they do with you, but must protect your anonymity at all times.

 

Where are you based?

  

We currently offer counselling support in therapy rooms at CornerHouse, 2 Courtenay Road, Woking, GU21 5HQ.

 

Can I make an appointment for someone other than myself?

  

No. One of the main considerations when starting counselling therapy is that it must be your own choice to have therapy. This is one of the central principles of the BACP Ethical Framework.

 

I really want counselling but don't think I can afford it.

  

We offer concessions for the unemployed, people who live in a low income household and students. Details are available on our Fees page.

 

What if I have to cancel or reschedule a session?

  

As long as you give at least 24 hours notice, there is no charge for a cancelled or rescheduled session. However if you miss a session or fail to give 24 ours notice, you will still be charged for the session. This is because there is not enough time to re-allocate your pre-booked appointment for another client.

 

What if I have a complaint about my Counsellor?

  

Any complaint should be raised with the counsellor directly. If your counsellor is unable to resolve your complaint, you should then refer your complaint to the BACP.

Explaining the Therapies

What is Integrative therapy?

 

Integrative Counselling is “..when several distinct models of counselling and psychotherapy are used together.” (BACP, 2010)

 

 

What is Person-centred therapy?

 

The BACP describes the Person-centred approach as being “based on the assumption  that  a client seeking help in the resolution of a problem they are experiencing, can enter into a relationship with a counsellor  who is sufficiently accepting and permissive to allow the client to freely express any emotions and feelings. This will enable the client to come to terms with negative feelings, which may have caused emotional problems, and develop inner resources. The objective is for the client to become able to see himself as a person, with the power and freedom to change, rather than as an object.”  (BACP, 2010)

 

 

What is Psychodynamic therapy?

 

The BACP defines Psychodynamic counselling as an approach that “stresses the importance of the unconscious and past experience in shaping current behaviour.  The client is encouraged to talk about childhood relationships with parents and other significant people and the therapist focuses on the client/therapist relationship (the dynamics) and in particular on the transference. Transference is when the client projects onto the therapist feelings experienced in previous significant relationships. The Psychodynamic approach is derived from Psychoanalysis but usually provides a quicker solution to emotional problems. (BACP, 2010)

 

 

What is Existential therapy?

 

“Existential psychotherapy is centred upon supporting the client to make sense of life through the willingness to face it and its problems. The existentialist belief is that life has no essential or predetermined meaning, the individual is entirely free and ultimately responsible, so meaning has to be found or created. This can trigger feelings of meaninglessness in life, thus the therapy explores the client's experience of the human condition and aims to clarify the individual's understanding of values and beliefs, explicitly naming what has previously been left unspoken. The client is supported in living more authentically and purposefully, whilst accepting the limitations and contradictions of what it is to be human”. (UKCP, 2010)

 

 

What is Time-limited therapy?

 

Time limited therapy usually lasts for 6, 12 or 18 sessions and has a defined focus that will be worked through. Aimed specifically at issues such as depression and anxiety, time-limited therapies can be helpful in addressing issues such as depression after bereavement, social fears and phobias and the emotional confusion caused by a relationship ending.

 

 

What is Open-ended therapy?

 

There is no set agenda or focus in open-ended therapy. Instead, therapeutic process allows for exploration of thoughts and feelings as they occur to the client. This type of therapy is ideally suited to situations when problems are hard to define or talk about, for example when the client is frustrated or dissatisfied with their lives, relationships or themselves. Open-ended therapy continues for as long as the client feels they are benefitting from the therapy.

 

 

What is Solution Focused therapy?

 

The BACP explains that Solution focused therapy “promotes positive change rather than dwelling on past problems. Clients are encouraged to focus positively on what they do well and to set goals and work out how to achieve them.  As little as 3 or 4 sessions may be beneficial.” (BACP, 2010)

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