What will happen in my counselling sessions? - At Your Side Counselling

Initial Telephone Consultation
The initial telephone consultation gives time for your counsellor to consider the concern or issue(s) which you want to potentially bring to therapy. They will consider how best to support you and provide you with the options available in taking a course of therapy. This is a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you might have about your counsellor or counselling in general. We will then book our first assessment session. 

First Assessment Session
During our first assessment we will discuss in more detail what has prompted you to contact us; the issue as you see it and any past or current background information you are willing to share at this point. Your counsellor will talk through how to best approach your concerns and how this will be shaped in consultation with yourself over the coming sessions. You will have a chance to ask any questions about how our service works or voice any concerns you may have.

Subsequent sessions

In a session you will be free to talk about your problems and your situation and you will be listened to carefully. Your counsellor will seek to obtain a deeper understanding of you as possible and find out what is troubling you. Your counsellor will ask questions that are designed to therapeutically enhance your thinking, your emotions, your behaviour and your way of relating to others. Occasionally you might be puzzled by the questioning. In this case, I would invite you to say so - there will be a reason for pursuing a particular line of enquiry which may not always be immediately obvious. Frequently through sessions we will examine what is happening in the 'here and now'  - using your reactions and experiences to generate change and insight, and exploring our relationship and finding opportunities for you to find new ways of relating to others and new ways of being.
Generally speaking, therapists do not tell people what to do with their lives - but rather they assist clients to make their own decisions and have the courage and conviction to act upon their decisions.

We will regularly review our work together, assess progress and look at how we are relating to each other and how you and your counsellor are both experiencing the relationship together. 

Counselling and Talking Therapies in Livingston West Lothian Bathgate & Lanarkshire with At Your Side Counselling.