Frequently asked questions
What are the most common issues people seek counselling for?
Stress, anxiety, or depression.
Personal growth and understanding.
Life transition and adjustment issues.
Relationship difficulties, e.g. frequent fights, extramarital affairs, sexual worries, loss of intimacy.
Illness, grief and loss.
Addictive behaviours and eating disorders.
Sexuality and sexual identity.
Individuals or couples considering marriage.
New parents facing change.
Bringing up teenagers.
Separation or divorce issues.
Workplace problems, retrenchment or retirement.
Will counselling be confidential?
Client information supplied by you will be kept confidential and may only be released to a third party with your written authorization. Or in limited cases where information is required by law. However, there is an exception. If you or someone else is in danger of being seriously harmed e.g. suicide or assault etc. we are obligated to report this. Even in these circumstances, every effort will be made to gain your written consent.
How many appointments will I need?
That's a hard question because it really depends on what your issues and concerns are, and is also really determined on an individual by individual basis.
Some people come for a few or up to six sessions to help work through an issue, and others might come for quite awhile. After the first couple of sessions we will get a feel for what your goals are and then a possible time frame can be determined
How long does a counselling session go for?
The initial consultation is a 75-minute session followed by regular 1-hour sessions.
What if my partner does not want to come to counselling?
This situation often occurs because people are worn out by the problems they face and see little hope of anyone being able to help them. If your partner refuses to attend counselling, it is important that you start easing your pain and stress. One positive step is for you to attend counselling. By doing so, you will be demonstrating to your partner that the relationship is important and that you are taking the issues seriously. You will gain strategies and skills towards resolving the issues and most importantly you will have support. As changes occur within the relationship, your partner may begin to see the positives within the relationship and then decide to join you in couples counselling.
What if I wish to cancel my appointment?
You are welcome to cancel your counselling appointment at any time. Please be sure to give at least 24 hours notice of cancellation or to change your appointment time. This enables the time to be made available for someone else. The full fee may be charged for late cancellation and missed appointments.