Counseling is more than just client talking and counselor giving advice. It is a joint journey that both client and counselor take in order to manage issues bothering you and create positive change. Since every client is different, your sessions are tailored to your unique needs and my approach varies in interventions and techniques used. Sessions include talking, listening, questions asking, discussions, setting goals, learning and practicing new skills, filling out worksheets, evaluating progress. During this process you are an active participant, meaning you influence the course and pace of counseling as well as what you want or don't want to discuss in each session.
Seeking support and coming to counseling for the first time can sometimes feel awkward or uncomfortable. This is completely normal. So our first session is about establishing positive contact and you feeling safe and comfortable. I will invite you to share a little of your story, in as much or as little detail as you feel sharing, in order to get to know you and what is troubling you.
It is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions about me and my professional work or counseling process.
Typically, a session lasts for 50 - 60 minutes.
To get most out of counseling, sessions should be regular, meaning once per week or once every two weeks. However, this is flexible and subject to our mutual agreement.
There's no straight answer. Every client is unique with different needs and goals as well as different expectations from counseling so the number of sessions varies from client to client. Some clients will need as little as 5 sessions, while others will need more.
Ultimately, it is you as a client who determines a number of sessions through your commitment to work on yourself.
If after the first few sessions you don't feel like we match and you are not comfortable, then it is your right not to continue counseling with me. Feeling at ease and establishing emotional connection with your counselor is the foundation for successful counseling. If such relationship is not established or I assess that my approach and qualifications are not right for you, I will refer you to another counselor.
Confidentiality is essential for building trust between client and counselor. Everything you say is confidential and is not shared with anybody else. Everything you say in counseling, stays in counseling. However, there are exceptions to this rule and this is in cases when you pose danger to yourself or others and by court order.
No, for the moment counseling is not covered by the CNS (Caisse Nationale de Santé).
If you have any other questions about counseling or my work, feel free to contact me prior to booking your first session.