Is counselling for me?


Deciding if and when to enter counselling is a personal decision and only you will know the answer to this.  Meeting with different counsellors and counsellors from different approaches can allow you to find the counsellor right for you.


Counselling helps you to understand and accept yourself more, which can make a huge difference to how you feel about life and yourself.  I want to provide you with a space where you no longer need to pretend that everything is ok when you feel far from it.


What is counselling?


Counselling is typically a one to one talking therapy that allows you to talk about yourself, your life in a confidential and dependable environment.  Counselling can involve talking about painful feelings, thoughts and experiences and they can seem to get worse as you talk about them,  With the help and support of your counsellor  you should gradually start to feel better.


Counselling is not a chat with a friends, it is not tea and sympathy and it is not an advice service.  Your counsellor will work with you on what you bring into the room, they are free from agenda, judgement and work to empower you to make change in your life.


Am I the only one having counselling?


Counselling is being offered in a variety of settings with counselling becoming accessible for everyone.  Workplaces, hospitals, schools are working with counsellors and psychotherapists to support people on a variety of issues, problems and situations.


Counselling is no longer being hidden and spoken about as a taboo subject with someone entering counselling for having something wrong with them.


How long does counselling last?


Counselling can be short term (6-16 sessions) where you may enter counselling with a specific goal to look at or long term (open ended with regular reviews) where you wish to look more in depth into your life and look at making changes to your life.


How often do I see my counsellor?


Counselling is typically weekly, however this can vary depending on the type of therapy you choose, your personal requirements.  This can be discussed on initial assessment with your counsellor and through reviews.


How confidential are my sessions?


In line with the BACP ethical and professional guidelines the counsellors at Phoenix Counselling Brighton take confidentiality very seriously.  You enter into a relationship with your counsellor and they take their practice to supervision where they discuss how they are working with you and how they are supporting you.  Confidentially will be broken if your counsellor believes their is harm to yourself or others; harm to a child; money laundering or acts of terrorism.


Are counsellors regulated?


Currently there are no regulations regarding counsellors and psychotherapists.  All counsellors at Phoenix Counselling Brighton are members of the BACP and adhere to their ethical framework and are working towards accreditation; attend regular supervision; regular CPD to ensure their practice is ethical and that they are working in the best way to support clients.