Frequently Asked Questions
Is counselling or psychotherapy right for me?
There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing issues such as anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in their life such as a relationship breakup, work transition or bereavement just to name a few. During this time many seek support through counselling and psychotherapy as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth.
If you feel your difficulties aren’t important enough to warrant counselling or it feels self-indulgent to attend therapy, I would encourage you to come to an initial session to discuss your concerns.
How can counselling or psychotherapy benefit me?
Therapy provides you with a safe and supportive space to explore the difficulties you are facing in your life. It can provide long-lasting benefits, giving you the knowledge and tools you need to avoid triggers, to change patterns that aren’t helpful for you, and to support you in whatever challenges you face within your life.
But I can usually handle my problems. Why do I need Counselling?
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully got through other difficulties you’ve faced, you may benefit from extra support at this time. By engaging in counselling or psychotherapy you are taking responsibility by accepting where you are in life and making a commitment to change the situation for the better.
What can I expect?
You can expect to be provided with a safe, confidential space dedicated to your well-being. Counselling sessions are approximately 50 minutes long and most people come weekly.
At Blue Sky Counselling and Psychotherapy you can expect to be treated with respect and compassion with your best interest central at all times.
I can’t talk to a stranger, what will they think of me?
At Blue Sky I am here to help you. Your safety, welfare and well-being is what’s important during our meetings. There is nothing you cannot share in counselling as I am there to listen in a non-judgemental setting. In order to work as a counsellor I have undertaken rigorous and extensive training, supervision and undertaken my own personal therapy. In doing so I am aware of what it is like to be a client and with my training I am in a privileged position to guide you through this difficult time.
How long should I see a counsellor for?
The time you come for depends on you and the issues that are presented.
Some people come for support around a specific short-term difficulty they are facing and may only wish to come for a short period, for example, 6-10 sessions.
Others come for more long term therapy and this may be for several months or longer.
Like starting therapy, finishing therapy is at the discretion of the client.
Issues that can be worked on in counselling.
- Abuse issues (Emotional, Physical and Sexual)
- Loss of Relationship
- Family Strains
- Eating Disorders
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
- Relationship Problems
- Work Related Problems
- Gender issues
- Coping with illness
- Low Self-Esteem
- Life Change
- Stress Management
Above are some of the issues that have been successfully dealt with through counselling and psychotherapy at Blue Sky.