A word is worth a thousand pictures.- Elie Wiesel
Q. How do I know if I need to talk to a therapist?
A. At different times in our lives, we may feel lost, confused or overwhelmed. The reasons can vary greatly, but often we feel as if we cannot solve our problem ourselves. Speaking to a therapist during a difficult time can bring clarity to a problem, and help you find the right tools to work through your challenges.
Q. What happens if I don’t think that we’re a good fit to work together?
A. At Bradford Counselling Service, we are here to help the client. If you aren’t comfortable continuing, there is no obligation to do so.
It is important to be aware that distressing feelings may arise after a session. It can be uncomfortable to share personal information with another person, especially if you have never shared it before. The client is encouraged to discuss this in session. If these feelings are addressed together, it could result in better outcomes and an increased rapport with the therapist.
Q. How many sessions will it take for me to feel better?
A. The answer depends on the nature of your counselling goals. Short term goals can be achieved in just a few sessions. Longer term goals may require more work and time. During our phone consultation, we can determine an approximate number of sessions depending on your budget, goals and expectations.
Q. What makes you different than other counsellors?
A. I care deeply about my clients, and don’t believe I am the one to solve their problems. I am here to guide my clients to find the answers they need. This is achieved through active listening, offering support, and asking thoughtful questions. I also use self-disclosure, the sharing of personal experiences, if they are relevant, to help my clients understand they are not alone.
Q. I don’t want anyone to know I’m seeing a counsellor – how do I keep it private?
A. My office is in my home on a quiet street. When you visit my office, it would look just like you were visiting a friend. I also schedule appointments far enough apart that clients will not run into each other in the waiting room.
Q. Do I have to tell you everything about myself?
A. Clients do not have to share anything that makes them uncomfortable. I am here to listen, and will not push clients to discuss anything they’re not ready to discuss.