How do I know if I need counselling/psychotherapy?
Given that you are reading this, it is probably the case that you are feeling a bit ‘out of sorts’ in an emotional and/or psychological way, but perhaps not knowing why. In contacting a counsellor/psychotherapist, it would normally be part of the initial process to discuss whether counselling/psychotherapy is the most appropriate course of action, or whether other options need to be considered.
How many sessions will I need?
This will probably depend on the issue(s) that you bring. If it is a particular or specific issue then it may be that just a few sessions are enough. But if there are a number of issues and/or it is more about who you are and how you feel about yourself generally, then it may take longer. It is more difficult to put a ‘figure’ on more long term issues. In most cases this will be part of the discussion in the initial session(s).
What does Confidentiality mean?
Confidentiality means that generally what you tell your counsellor/psychotherapist will remain between the two of you. There are exceptions to this which will again be discussed with you in the initial session(s), 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 you are unhappy with the service that you receive, you can take out a complaint against the therapist with the professional body that they are accredited or registered with.