Questions about Time Frames for Counselling, with Damien Haigh

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How long does counselling take?

We can discuss how long you might want to spend in counselling at your first session, or after assessing your needs over a few sessions.

This guideline time-frame can however be reviewed and changed at any point in your counselling work, so that the counselling work is flexible to your needs.

People sometimes decide to have short-term counselling, in order to focus upon a particular problem, address specific difficulties, or help deal with a pressing issue or crisis.

Other clients however decide to do longer-term psychotherapy, to explore their issues in more depth, or deal with unresolved issues from past childhood or adulthood difficulties, trauma or abuse.

I offer counselling for up to a maximum of nine months’ duration.

Please note that I am currently on an indefinite career break, and will be unavailable until further notice.
If you wish to find a counsellor, please visit BACP Find a Therapist or Counselling-Directory (these links will open in a new tab or new window on your browser).

When do the counselling sessions take place?

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I encourage clients to attend regularly, in order to help create a good working alliance between us, and maximise the benefits from therapy.

With this in mind, I offer sessions on a once-weekly basis, booked by appointment. This provides a reliable, regular time and place where you know you will be able to discuss your feelings. (Some clients however choose to attend fortnightly or monthly.)

Sessions are usually on the same day and at the same time each week, but they can be varied to suit clients’ needs (for example, for shift workers who cannot always make the same time each week).

Once we have agreed upon an appointment day and time for your counselling session, that individual fifty-minute ‘slot’ will ‘belong’ to you, whether you choose to attend or not. Even if you arrive five minutes before the end of the session, I will still be there. However, I will not be able to extend the session or continue after the agreed finishing time.

How long does each counselling session last for?

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Each counselling session lasts for 50 minutes.

This includes the initial meeting and each weekly session after that.

What time slots do you have available for counselling sessions?

I can offer daytime, afternoon and early evening appointments, from Mondays to Fridays, 9:00am to 6:50pm (last session start time 6:00pm)

I am currently offering later evening appointments on Mondays at 7:00pm and 8:10pm. Please note however that I can only offer these time slots to clients who attend on a regular weekly basis.

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Posted: 27 Sep 2016. Modified: 28 Aug 2017, 13 Nov 2017, 13 Aug 2018.


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