Frequently asked questions

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What is Talking Therapy?

Talking therapies involve talking to someone who is trained to help you deal with your thoughts, emotions, distressing feelings and negative behaviours. Therapy can help anyone who is experiencing distress. 

Talking therapies give you the chance to explore your thoughts and feelings and the effect they have on your behaviour and mood. Describing what’s going on in your head and how that makes you feel with a trained and supportive person can help you uncover patterns that might previously have been unconscious. Understanding these patterns can then help you to make positive changes by thinking or acting differently, perhaps enabling you to take greater control of your life and improve your confidence.

Why do people go to see a therapist or counsellor?

People come to therapy and counselling for a range of different reasons. They might come seeking help for a specific problem such as difficulties in relationships, panic attacks, anxiety or depression, or they might be seeking help for a general sense of unease or loss of meaning in their life. Therapy is a way of getting to know ourselves better, to relate to others in more productive ways, and to gain insight into the struggles and conflicts we face at different times in our lives.

For how long do people go to see a counsellor/therapist?

The length of therapy or counselling depends on your needs and concerns. I offer both short-term and longer-term therapy and counselling. The duration of your therapy will be something we would discuss in initial sessions.

Will the process of therapy make me feel better?

The aim of therapy and counselling is to help you gain a deeper insight into the difficulties you are facing so that you can begin the process of making positive changes to your life. At times, the process of gaining insight into our struggles can release deeply held feelings, which can be difficult. This is not unusual and over time usually ease. This is where the relationship between therapist and client is important; because time will be given to empathically helping you work with your feelings, in order to move to a sense of greater wellbeing.

How long is a therapy or a counselling session?

Regular sessions are 50 minutes in length, and are held at the same time on a weekly basis.  Details about this can discussed at your initial consultation. Your initial consultation can be for more than one session depending the nature of your concerns. Each consultation is 55 minutes long. This will provide us adequate time to explore what is concerning you, and to discuss the best therapy options for you, be that short, medium or long term counselling.

When do you have sessions available?

Please contact me either by using the How can I help section, emailing or calling me to enquire about availability of counselling sessions.

Do you have a waiting area?

I do have a waiting area at my Woodford practice, so when clients arrive they can sit in the waiting room until I come to collect you. I usually advise that clients aim to arrive a few minutes before their counselling session as this gives you time to settle after your journey to my practice.

My Chancery Lane office do not so counselling sessions are by appointment only in the evenings. This also applies to counselling sessions held at my home although times may vary.

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Desmond Channer B.Sc. (Hon)
T: 07752 731 218

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