Counselling: FAQ

What is Person Centred Counselling?

Person Centred Therapy (PCT) or Person Centred Counselling is a modality of counselling which allows for the client to be the ‘expert’ in the relationship and to feel in control. This is achieved by the client going at their own pace, setting their own agenda (what you would like to explore each week) and being deeply accepted for who they are and how they feel.

At the heart of  person centred counselling are 3 ‘Core Conditions’ which counsellors are trained and experienced in and continue to strive to achieve with each Client:

  1. Congruence – the counsellor must be completely genuine.
  2. Unconditional positive regard – the counsellor must be non-judgemental and valuing of the client.
  3. Empathy – the counsellor must strive to understand the client’s experience.

Providing the Core Conditions means that the Therapist has to be real, genuine and active within the therapeutic relationship.  This allows the client to build a unique relationship with their counsellor and for their experiences to be explored safely and sensitively.

Who can benefit from Person Centred Counselling?

Sessions are offered to adults (16+) and anyone who feels ready and open to counselling can benefit.  Clients come with a wide variety of reasons for wanting counselling.  Some of the areas I have most experience with are:  

Depression, panic and anxiety, sexual, physical and emotional abuse, identity crisis, health concerns, self-development, relationship breakdown, decision making, family difficulties, addictions, bereavement, low self-confidence, sexuality, stress, self harm, suicidal thoughts, work-related stress, trauma.

Please note: these are not the only areas I work with and you do not need to have a ‘serious’ condition or issue to benefit from counselling.  

Please do not hesitate to get in contact if your concern is not listed.

What happens in the first session?

At the first session I will take a few basic contact details, explain the rules I follow around maintaining confidentiality and share how I work with clients.  This is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions about the counselling process and if you feel comfortable to begin to share what has led you to counselling.

Please see Initial Appointment for more details.

How many sessions will I need?

As with all aspects of PCT the amount of sessions is guided by you, everyone is different and there is no set amount of sessions.  Most clients have a sense of when they feel they are ready to end and this can be reviewed throughout your sessions.   Some clients have benefited from as little as 4 sessions and others have attended for several years.