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How often will I need counselling sessions?

Everyone is different however the counselling sessions are normally weekly or fortnightly.  This allows you to have time in between sessions to work through and process things.  It also enables you to have things fresh in your mind for the next counselling session.  Frequency of the counselling sessions will be reviewed regularly to provide you with the best support.

How many counselling sessions will I need?

Everyone is different in their needs and what outcomes they want from counselling.  As the counselling sessions continue, Gail will review with you how you are feeling and if you need more or are ready to stop.

How does counselling help?

By being able to talk in a confidential way to someone who is unbiased, allows you to process the information in a better way.  Counselling sessions are not a a place for Gail to tell you what you need to do or how to feel.  They are there to help you understand your thoughts and feelings surrounding those worries. In turn allowing you to get control back over your life and enabling you to make your own decisions once more.

Why do people go for counselling?

There are many reasons why people have counselling.  Some of them are:

  • Depression

  • Loss or Grief

  • Anxiety

  • Problems with relationships - family, friends, work.

  • Physical or mental abuse.  Current or previous.  Adult or childhood.

  • Trauma, including PTSD

  • Issues with how they look - body image.

  • Eating concerns/disorders.

  • Self harm or suicidal thoughts.

  • Post Natal Depression

What happens if I become upset during a counselling session?

Because the counselling sessions are about your concerns and often intimate feelings, there may be times you become upset.  Tears are often a coping mechanism and with the support provided you will be able to explore them in a safe, confidential and supportive environment.  We have tissues at the ready if needed.

What if I need support in between the sessions?

At Life in Harmony Gail can be contacted between the hours of  9 am and 6 pm Monday to Friday.  Outside of these hours if you feel you are in crisis or are unable to wait for your next counselling session in Peterborough, you can call NHS hotline on 111 option 2, or the Samaritans on 116 123.  These services are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

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