Face to Face Adult Counselling

Initial meeting

The initial appointment is fundamental for both me and you to make a decision whether to work together.

We begin with an assessment. This entails gathering information about your current situation and some of your history.

It’s also an opportunity to ask questions and find out more about the therapeutic process. 

Talk about what you hope to get out of counselling and agree what is a mutual desired outcome, that we both feel is realistic and achievable.

This is a pre-counselling session, exploring and discussing what you want help with – which could be; relationships, support moving through a big life event/change, grief, to feel more confident, for an objective viewpoint, your behaviour, past events impacting on your future and what approach the therapist will take. 

If you decide to continue with counselling either short term or long term, you will be asked to commit to attending regular sessions.


Duration and frequency of sessions

Normally sessions are held once per week or fortnightly. The standard length of the session is 50 minutes. Sessions can continue for a limited period of time or an open ended basis for more in-depth work. We will discuss the potential duration of our work during the initial meeting and this can be reviewed at any stage.  


These are the different types of approaches we can work with at Guiding Hand Counselling. 

However, we can talk about how we will work during the first session, (please note that we do not think one cap fit’s all)

Person Centred

The person-centred approach views the client as their own best authority on their own experience, and it views the client as being fully capable of fulfilling their own potential for growth.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a shorter-term therapy which involves looking at the links between thoughts, feelings and behaviours in order to break the negative cycle maintaining your distress.


An approach that incorporates different aspects of appropriate and compatible theories in order to develop a therapy tailored to each individual client.

Some of the issues I have successfully helped clients work through are:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • OCD
  • Relationship Issues
  • Traumatic experiences
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Work Issues
  • Substance misuse
  • Unemployment
  • Fertility problems

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