Defining Moments - Coaching & Counselling - North West UK

Frequently Asked Questions – Counselling

What will I gain from Counselling?

Counselling feeds into many areas of your life and allows you to cope more effectively with your past, present and future experiences whereby:

  • You become more accepting of self and others.
  • You have increased self awareness and skills.
  • You become more self-directing.
  • You become more self confident.
  • You develop a more positive attitude in your life.
  • You become open to new experiences.
  • You are empowered, stronger and free.
  • You feel more inclusive and connected in our modern world
  • You have a deeper connection with yourself and your thought processes
  • Your thought process shifts to a more resourceful place.

As your counselling journey is complete, it is normal to enjoy a period of reflection. During this time, you may feel that you would now like to start moving forward in your life from where you are now to where you want to be.

If this sounds like you, then you may benefit from one of the other services we offer, which is Coaching.

What will our first session look like?

Counselling deals with highly sensitive, often painful areas of people’s lives so it is important that you feel comfortable with and trust your counsellor. With this in mind, your first intake session, usually no more than one hour:

  • Welcomes you.
  • Explores your reasons for coming to counselling (don’t worry – often clients feel they want to have counselling but are not entirely clear what they wish to discuss).
  • Looks at the confidential counselling contract between client and counsellor.
  • Looks at ways of working and general arrangements such as making appointments, frequency and duration of sessions.
  • Examines what counselling is and is not.
  • Explores the role of the client and counsellor.
  • Covers our Counselling Ethics/Philosophy.

How long will our sessions last?

Each counselling session is 50/60 minutes in length.

How can the counselling sessions be delivered?

Sessions can be conducted via a variety of methods:

  • Telephone
  • Skype (Visual or Audio)
  • In person (face to face)
  • Walk and talk sessions
  • Success Circles

Skype and telephone counselling are a means of accessing our service whilst fitting round your busy lifestyle. It gives flexibility to choose where you are actually counselled and offers you the freedom to explore issues significant to you over the telephone rather than face to face.

All the above services can be combined with text and email support.

How long will my counsellling journey be?

Following your initial intake session, we know you will want to take into account your other commitments and factors such as value for money and so the final decision is with you.

A trained counsellor will be a good judge of how many sessions may be needed as the sessions get going. Often clients come with one issue, such as a bereavement and then find that they continue to look at other losses or issues in their lives.

It often becomes apparent to both client and counsellor when the client has naturally come to the end of their counselling journey and is ready to stop receiving counselling. An ethical counsellor will always take this into full consideration.

How often should I have a session?

Although each client is unique, most of our clients typically have weekly sessions as they feel that they gain more effective, consistent and ongoing support this way.

How can I find out more?

Please feel free to complete our contact form or call, e mail or text to discuss your needs.

You may wish to take advantage of our free 30 minute consultation currently available to new clients

All communication will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.

What is the difference between Counselling and Mentoring?

Some skills used by both mentors and counsellors are quite similar. However, the major difference between the two is that Mentors tend to be the expert in the one area they are mentoring on and will therefore offer advice, opinions and suggestions based on their own experience.

Counsellors facilitate this person-centred therapy which supports the client on their reflective journey. Clients are able to look comprehensively at current and past issues.

What is the difference between counselling and coaching?

There are a number of key differences between counselling and coaching:

  • Counselling focus’s on understanding, resolving and coming to terms with the past. Coaching very much focuses on the present and the future i.e. where the person is now, where they desire to be and how they can best get there
  • Counselling is based on feelings and emotions. Coaching is based on actions and outcomes
  • During counselling, the counsellor is responsible for both the process and the outcome. During coaching, the coach is responsible for the process and the client is responsible for the results

What is the difference between Counselling and Consultancy?

Counsellors and Consultants provide two distinctly different benefits. Consultants are most commonly used for their knowledge within a particular field and are largely information giving. Counselling on the other hand, offers much more of a personal service.

Trained counsellors are experts in the counselling process to support change, but information/advice is not given to the client.

In summary, Consultants are most often used to offer solutions and ways forward; whereas the counsellor believes in a client’s capacity and resources to grow. The client is their own expert in life.

How can I find out more?

If you like what you have read and what you have seen so far and think that Counselling may be what you need right now, then we would be delighted to hear from you. Please feel free to call, e mail or text us to arrange your free 30 minute complimentary consultation or book a counselling session with us. All enquiries will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.

E-mail helen@definingmoments.org.uk for more information, or call directly on 07801 86 5678.