Jane Learmonth Counselling

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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

1. Can anyone have counselling? What is counselling?
Anyone who wants to make changes to their lives can have counselling but it will take time and commitment and a real wish to find and reach new goals. Only you know what it is that hurts or troubles you although the real reasons may not be so obvious. I will listen to you impartially and without judging or setting conditions. The journey is one of self-discovery and learning to accept yourself.

2. How long do sessions last? How many will I need?
The initial meeting will last up to 30 minutes and counselling sessions will be 1 hour. Some people need just one or two sessions to reach their goals while others take longer. Generally 6 - 10 sessions is enough to make a real difference although for some people it may take 20 or more.

3. What is the cost?
I charge £35 per hour, £30 for students. Other concessionary rates can be discussed at the initial enquiry. Payment can also be made by online bank transfer. I am very flexible as to the number of sessions you will need.

4. How will I find you?
On the Contact page.

5. How can talking make a difference?
In counselling you not only talk but you also listen to your own true needs. You may not be aware of them because they may be suppressed through fear, guilt, a sense of duty or while trying to be accepted by others. If we don’t value ourselves highly, we find excuses not to listen to our own needs, so talking and listening can help with self-confidence and self-esteem.

6. Is everything confidential?
Everything we discuss is in absolute confidence, as far as this is permitted by UK law. As part of my commitment to safe, ethical and effective practice I may discuss aspects of my client work with my clinical supervisor. In this case I protect the identity and confidentiality of my clients. I follow the ethical framework of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists).

7. If I have a problem, do you advise me what to do?
No, I am not an adviser but the process of counselling does help in problem-solving and decision-making. It offers you support while you look at things from a different perspective, giving you confidence to find new ways to solve your problems.

8. I am anxious/afraid of seeing a counsellor – is that normal?
It is entirely understandable to feel anxious or afraid about meeting a counsellor for the first time. You will have admitted that you have a problem and that you may need help and that is a big step to take. Then you have to face the issue of trust which may be hard for you. I will of course do my best to help you make the experience as easy and safe as I can.

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