What Benefits Might I Expect From Working With a Counsellor?


Everyone is unique with different concerns & life experience; counselling therefore can potentially have a different benefit for everyone.  A number of benefits can be available from participating and it will also depend upon how you use the process; the therapist will guide you and some examples are below:

  • Often just speaking with someone impartial and feeling understood offers an immediate sense of relief for some clients
  • Counselling can provide a fresh perspective
  • There is usually a focus or target to work towards ie. Making a decision, overcoming loss, putting trauma behind you, letting go of depression
  • Clients often say they feel an immediate sense of reasurrance after the first session as they see the potential for change
  • Counselling can help normalise some extreme emotions that seem scary and overwhelming
  • Counselling can raise your self awareness or help you understand yourself (and others better) and is therefore a developmental process
  • Clients can learn to understand their own responses and triggers


How do I know if counselling/psychotherapy is for me?

As a potential client you have the opportunity to explore this on the phone with me before making an appointment.   During the initial appointment you can also discuss if this still seems right route for you. You can then decide if you want to continue; in my experience most clients continue and feel confident about doing so. 


How often do we meet and how long is each session?

In most cases it is important to build a trusting and safe relationship and most clients come weekly initially although this is something to be mutually agreed; it is possible to attend fortnightly.  Individual appointments are 50 minutes; EMDR and couples appointments are normally an hour and half.


What is counselling and psychotherapy?

Counselling is a general term often used to describe talking therapies; counselling & psychotherapy are similar; although a complex subject, the easiest description is that psychotherapy might generally be of longer duration and involve working at a deeper level. Psychotherapy might more likely be used for longer term or deeper routed concerns.

Counselling allows the person to talk about their problems, feelings, ambitions in a confidential and safe environment.  Sometimes the counsellor will listen with empathy and help you explore thoughts, feelings and behaviours; on other occasions, with your agreement, the counsellor will support you offering different techniques/approaches to help you make sense of your experiences.  Sometimes you will be offered some theory to help you understand yourself and your defences/or other people’s behaviour (psycho-education).



Fees vary depending on Stirling or Edinburgh and whether counselling or EMDR.  Please call to enquire.

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