The Counselling Contract
Counselling is a helping relationship based within a formal contract which begins with a no obligation assessment interview. It includes the conditions on which counselling is offered and covers such things as confidentiality, fee, breaks, cancellations, holidays etc. The sessions are generally held each week on the same day and at the same time. Prosper Counselling offers weekly counselling with each session lasting 50 minutes.
What Counselling Offers You
Counselling will provide you with the privacy of a confidential one-to-one relationship and setting where you can explore, at your own pace, your difficulties, thoughts and feelings in greater depth. The counsellor will not give you advice, but will explore your problems with you to enable you to arrive at your own conclusions within your own personal beliefs and value system. The relationship between counsellor and client is crucial to the overall effectiveness of counselling, therefore, before agreeing to commence counselling, it is important that you feel your counsellor is someone you will be able to talk to. It is also important for you to know that if at any time you are unsatisfied with any aspect of your sessions together, you can raise this with your counsellor.
What is likely to happen in Counselling?
The aim will be to find out more about your situation and how your current difficulties have developed into a problem that is interfering with living your life. This is always done in a gradual way with your full collaboration. The counsellor will help you to examine what it is that makes your situation difficult, what resources you have and your own abilities to deal with it.
You may also discover that your problem is related to factors which you may not have previously been fully aware of. The counsellor will help you to look at how these factors may be contributing to the problem that is affecting you. Nobody can solve another’s problems directly but counselling can help you to explore choices and reach decisions towards your own solution; ones that you can judge are right for you.