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Counselling FAQs

How long does it take before I feel any better?

For some, a few sessions are all that is needed but for others, a block of sessions is beneficial. We will review how we are working together on a regular basis. I prefer a planned ending to our work, I will always respect your wishes to end prematurely, but would like the opportunity to talk about it.

How frequently would I need to attend?

Sessions are usually weekly. Some however, prefer fortnightly sessions and use the time in-between to reflect and put things into practice.

Will sessions be confidential?

Yes, absolutely. There are a few exceptions, but these are in extreme circumstances and I would explain what these are as part of our working agreement.

What if I find it difficult to talk?

Please don’t worry, we will go at your pace. Building a trusting relationship between us will enable you to talk when you are ready.

Where will sessions take place?

I work on-line via zoom or by telephone on Mondays, and face to face at my counselling room at Stamford Consulting Rooms, 12 Broad Street on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

There is free parking for up to an hour on Broad Street and a public car park on North Street at the top of Nags Head Passage.

I ensure that I follow all current coronavirus regulations in order to keep my clients as safe as possible.


How do I know that you are a legitimate and qualified Counsellor?

Unfortunately, anyone can call themselves a Counsellor. There are some people who have completed short counselling courses or have experienced mental health problems themselves, are passionate about their subject and call themselves a Counsellor or a Well-being specialist. Whilst these roles have a place in supporting people as part of a bigger picture, it is important that you choose a Counsellor that will be able to ‘hold’ you during therapy and have the right skills and experience to remain empathic and non judgemental. Qualified Counsellors receive a minimum of 4 years training, at least 100 trainee counselling hours and are required to have 40 hours (sometimes more) of their own personal therapy.

I have undergone all of these, am fully insured, registered with the Information Commissioners Office, hold an enhanced DBS checked, have received training in safeguarding adults and am an Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

How do I get started?

Please contact me via email at alicia@ajc-counselling.co.uk or mobile: 07866 723125 to arrange a FREE 20 minute call to discuss what brings you to counselling, to answer any questions that you may have and to see how we can work together. Alternatively, you can use the contact form on this website.

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