How do I know if I need counselling/psychotherapy?
Given that you are reading this, it is probably the case that you're feeling a little 'out of sorts' in an emotional and/or psychological way, but perhaps without knowing why.
In contacting a counsellor/psychotherapist, it would normally be part of the initial discussion to consider whether counselling/psychotherapy is the most appropriate course of action, or whether other options need to be considered.
How many sessions will I need?
The amount of sessions very much depend on what you bring.
Short term work is usually associated with working through very specific problems, but it is more difficult to put a ‘figure’ on longer term work.
In most cases this will be part of the discussion in the initial consultation.
What does Confidentiality mean?
Confidentiality means that what you tell your counsellor/psychotherapist will remain between the two of you.
There are exceptions to this which will be discussed with you in the initial consultation, but in most circumstances, what you talk about will remain within the confines and professional boundaries of the therapeutic relationship.
What does Accreditation and/or Registration mean?
Accreditation and Registration are synonymous terms for more or less the same thing. They both identify that the counsellor and/or psychotherapist have had a minimum level of professional training and experience, and are accountable to a professional therapeutic body with regards to their work as a counsellor/psychotherapist.
It also means that if there are concerns with the service you receive, you can contact the professional body that your counsellor/psychotherapist are accredited or registered with.