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What if I am a bit worried about coming to counselling?

For some people, coming to counselling can seem rather daunting. I provide a welcoming, friendly environment and am experienced at being with people who may feel anxious. I will always endeavour to put you at ease.

Do you talk to anyone else about me?

To ensure that I work in the best way that I can for my clients,  I undertake regular professional supervision with another experienced counsellor who is trained in supervision for this purpose. However, I do not share clients' personal details or any identifying information during these meetings.

Can I talk about anything I like?

Yes you can. Our relationship and what you talk about is confidential.  However, there are certain circumstances when confidentiality may be broken; if you or someone else are at serious risk of harm or where I am required by the law to do so. I can give you further details on the limits to confidentiality when we meet and answer any questions or talk about any worries you may have.

Do I need to come every week?

It is usually best to have weekly sessions to begin with, however, we can work out the frequency of sessions to suit your needs.

What if after a few sessions, I decide I don’t want to continue?

If you decide you don’t want to continue participating in counselling anymore, for whatever reason, that is fine. There is no formal agreement regarding the number of sessions you attend, this up to you.

How long will it take?

Each client is different and we can work out together how many sessions you might need and proceed at your pace.  Sometimes six sessions is enough if the counselling work focuses on a particular clearly defined problem other times it may take longer to look more deeply at your feelings, thoughts and behaviours. It something that we can frequently review together. 

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Natalie McGourty

BA Hons Psychology MBACP

Telephone: 07976968166

email: natalie@nmcounselling.co.uk