Salford & Greater Manchester counselling and psychotherapy FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the most popular Salford Therapy Counselling – Frequently Asked Questions. If you can’t find the answer to what you are looking for, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Why should I use Salford Therapy Counselling services?

When anyone takes advantage of seeing a private healthcare provider, it is usually for two reasons. Firstly they want to see someone who is good, and secondly they would like a service sooner than the NHS can provide. I fulfil that role. I always advise you to see your local GP as your first port of call. If they can meet your need that is ideal, but if for whatever reason they cannot, you now have a great alternative.

Is what I discuss with you during counselling sessions confidential?

Yes, very much so. Client confidentiality is considered a very important part of the counselling process. The exception is when the counsellor feels there is the potential of harm or loss of life to self or others. Where it is felt there is a need to inform a third party, the client will wherever possible be informed in advance of the intention to inform that third party.

Do you keep and hold records of our counselling sessions?

I do take aide memoire/ad hoc notes as a personal reflection on the session and to prepare myself for following sessions. These notes are private, anonymous, and kept secure before being destroyed.

Can I have someone accompany me during the counselling session?

The short answer is no. The counselling services that I provide is for adults (aged eighteen and above) on a one to one basis. In the first session, a chaperone may stay to ensure you are comfortable and happy to work alone with me.

How long are each of the counselling sessions?

Counselling sessions last 50 minutes.

How many counselling sessions do I need?

That is a very understandable and common question but is difficult to answer. Normally I would see clients for six sessions. However, I’m sure you will appreciate that it’s dependent upon each person’s situation and their presenting issue(s).

Can I see you for more than six or less than six sessions?

Yes, of course. One aspect of counselling is empowerment, and part of that is that you are encouraged to make choices. How many sessions you attend is your choice.

What if I don’t want to be hypnotised or receive EMDR?

That’s not a problem. Counselling is about you and your choices. What you want to do and what you don’t want to do is totally up to you.