Does Counselling Help?

People are often uncertain and ill-informed as to the usefulness of counselling, but through my experience, I can confidently say that most people see changes and take benefit after only just a few sessions.

Does seeking counselling mean I am weak or mentally ill?

Seeking appropriate help is a sign of strength and not of weakness. We all at some point in our lives feel that we need some help, support and guidance and this does not necessarily mean that we are mentally ill.

What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

Counselling tends to tackle problems at the time of the crisis and is short to mid-term treatment, whereas psychotherapy focuses on longer-term, deeply embedded psychological problems.

What sort of issues are appropriate for counselling and psychotherapy?

Counselling can be helpful with a wide variety of issues that many of us may experience throughout our lives, including: anxiety, stress, grief, bereavement, depression, low moods, relationship difficulties, sexual dysfunction, marriage break-up, addiction, cultural issues, isolation, self-harm, feeling of pointlessness and being at a crossroad, low self-esteem, transitional issues or feelings of being unfulfilled in one’s life.

What will happen in the first session?

The first session is an assessment. This is an opportunity to discuss in detail why you are here, issues that are concerning you, and to ask any questions you might have about the process of counselling/psychotherapy. The therapist and client get to know each other in order to form a working relationship.
I will explain some practicalities about the counselling working contract and will assess whether I am suitable for your needs (if not, I would ensure you are referred to another qualified professional).

Will I need to lie on a couch?

No, there are 2 comfortable chairs in the practice and sessions are conducted sitting down. In addition, I can also offer online sessions if more convenient.

How confidential is your service?

Keeping trust and respecting my clients’ autonomy are fundamental to our therapeutic relationship. If a situation arises where it is legally or ethically necessary to breach confidentiality, I would endeavour to discuss this with you first.

How long does a session last?

Individual and couples sessions last for 50 minutes. We will endeavour to meet at the same day/time each week.

How many sessions will I need?

Everyone’s situation is different. At the end of the assessment session, I will also be in a position to estimate your length of treatment. It is only an estimation and treatment can sometimes complete before the timescale or in some cases will need to be extended. You will be able to end therapy at any time.

Do I have to commit to a specific number of sessions?

No. You only need to commit to what you experience as being helpful to you.

What if I need to cancel an appointment?

Your agreed slot will be held for you each week and regular attendance is important in order to get the most out of therapy. If you are not able to attend your session, you will need to give 48 hours notice. If less than 48 hours is given then the missed/cancelled appointment will be charged at the full rate. Confirmation to cancel an appointment should be made via telephone, email or text message.

How do I make an appointment?

You can either email me (saidatkhan@hotmail.com) or ring 07960 161 261. If I am not available, please leave a clear message and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

What are your working hours?

Monday to Friday – 8am to 9pm
Weekends – flexible

Please feel free to contact me for more information or to book an initial appointment:
saidatkhan@hotmail.com |07960 161 261