Counselling is often talked about in terms of the length of time the client meets with the counsellor. Short term counselling is suited to those who come with a specific issue that they wish to think about and usually lasts about six to eight weeks. Everything that we talk about is focussed on the particular issue being addressed and together we will think about which ‘tools’ will be most helpful in enabling the issue to be addressed. We may do some solution-focussed work, we may use CBT, we may think about writing that you have done or images that you have created – I will adjust to what suits each individual.
Long-term counselling is much more open-ended and is suited to people who come with a general sense of wanting to change things, of life being ‘difficult’, or with a history of broken relationships. Rather than focussing in on a specific issue, we will allow the therapy to take its own course. When working long-term I build reviews into the therapy so that we can track how things are going and make adjustments as and when necessary. Counselling sessions last for 50 minutes. I usually set aside a regular time and day for each client but am happy to be flexible where work/family commitments don’t allow this.