Subsequent sessions After the initial consultation, sessions are face to face and typically of two hours duration. Usually you will meet with The Counsellor once per week and if possible on the same day each week. The Counsellor may also recommend a one or two day retreat to gain a more in depth and speedier perspective of the focus of the issues and to achieve a more intensive and practical or ‘experiential’ (learning by doing) approach. Should The Counsellor recommend a retreat for you, this will be discussed in more detail at that time so that you can decide if this approach is one you wish to take. For more information on ‘retreats’ please contact The Counsellor@
For how long, what topics, and in what way? Working with The Counsellor can be short term, specific and highly focused and for just a few sessions. For example the work may be based on decision making about a particular issue where a quick, solution-focused counselling/coaching approach to personal development is required, or the focus may be about overcoming negative patterns of behaviour caused by anxieties, fears or phobias in which case sessions may be more open ended. Cognitive and behavioural therapies work on the principle that a behaviour is a learned activity and therefore can be un-learned and new ones developed. It uses a more logical than analytical approach. This kind of therapy is known as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT.