Are my chats confidential?
As defined in a 2002 article in the Journal of Professional School Counselling, “confidentiality is a professional’s promise or contract to respect clients’ privacy by not disclosing anything revealed during counselling, except under agreed upon conditions.”
Counsellors are required to call a parent or guardian if a child plans to or has already self-injured (cutting, burning, suicide attempt, etc.), indicates an eating disorder, presents with a possible drug or alcohol addiction, discloses a runaway plan, or demonstrates other dangerous behaviour.
Who is therapy / psychotherapy for?
Therapy and psychotherapy is for anyone who feels they might benefit from talking to a professional therapist about the problems they are facing.
Sometimes issues might seem small on the surface but then start to feel overwhelming as they can affect other parts of our lives without us realising it straightaway.
We may notice a change in our sleep pattern and/or appetite. We may feel increasing mood swings, or lack energy; perhaps we are finding it difficult to focus at work or around our friends and family.
Young people sometimes react differently to distress and can act out how they are feeling without realising it.
They may become more argumentative or more isolated than usual, some may try to harm themselves or embark in risk taking behaviour.
We may feel less pleasure in the things that we have previously enjoyed and start not to feel like ourselves anymore.
These are all early warning signs that tell us something isn’t quite right and it is at this point that we either hope things will start to get better soon or reach out for help.
Early intervention is key to feeling better about ourselves sooner, as often issues escalate into bigger issues without help and support.
How long will therapy / psychotherapy take overall?
We all have different needs. Some people benefit from just a few sessions while others may need to continue for longer. I offer short and long-term work depending on your individual needs. At our first meeting, we can discuss this and as therapy progresses we will review your situation at regular intervals.
Where does therapy take place?
You can see me at my office in Bang Tao, I can travel to a location of your choice or you can have therapy online via Skype.
What if it is an urgent matter?
If I am available, I will do my utmost to see you. If not, please refer to your doctor/hospital for immediate assistance.
What happens in a counselling session?
At the beginning of counselling, I will explain confidentiality and its limits, and my role.
If working with children, I use toys, games and creative materials to work with a child to help them express their feelings and emotions in a safe therapeutic environment. The sessions are child-led, so the child is able to choose what to play with, what to say, or not say, and how to use the materials available. If the child is an older child or a teenager, then the counselling will be based on the more adult form of talk therapy.
Research suggests that the therapeutic relationship itself is more important for a good outcome than the particular theories the therapist follows. This means that helping you to feel safe, accepted and treated with respect and also being challenged in a positive constructive way will ensure a more productive session.
However, I do employ a range of approaches that I have been trained to use when deciding how to work with you. You may find one approach more appealing than another or find that some approaches are more suited to your particular needs than others.
I work to an open-ended model, which means that we will decide together when to end the counselling relationship.
What happens if a child needs further specialist support that I can not provide?
If I suspect the presence of a learning, behavioural, or mental health concern, that I can not support your child with, I will typically provide a referral to a specialist in the community.
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