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About Counselling

Counselling

Here at CBT and Counselling Kent we understand that some people might find the idea coming to therapy or counselling to be quite daunting. Not only might they be opening themselves up for the very first time, it will also be to a complete stranger. Many people express concerns such as “what will they think of me?” or “will they judge me or think I’m weak?” However, rest assured, our therapists at CBT and Counselling Kent understand that the pain or upset a person is experiencing is more often than not, due to an unfortunate set of life experiences and certainly not the ‘fault’ of anyone for which they will be judged.

Once the first tentative steps have been taken, most people discover that because the counsellor is a complete stranger it has a greatly liberating effect. Knowing that everything discussed during your session will remain between you and your therapist is very reassuring. Complete confidence and trust is essential to the process of therapy and is a principle to which CBT and Counselling Kent are ethically and professionally bound. People regularly report that they really look forward to coming to their sessions

There is no particular point in life when people come to therapy, but it’s often when confronted by feelings of confusion and a sense of not being able to move forward,

What happens in a counselling session?

The first session

You will be encouraged to explore the problems you are facing and express the thoughts and emotions resulting from that. The counselling process should enable you to think about the changes you would like to make in your life and what you would like to achieve through having therapy. We will then start to form a collaborative strategy in order for you to achieve your goals.

You will be encouraged to explore the problems you are facing and express the thoughts and emotions resulting from that. The counselling process should enable You will also be helped to think about the changes you would like to make, along with how you would like your life to be once you achieve what you set out to in therapy. We will then start to form a collaborative strategy in order for you to achieve your goals.

You will not be required to commit to counselling if you feel it is not right for you – no matter what reason.

Ending Therapy

It might sound odd to already be talking about ending counselling, but it’s important to understand that therapy always has an ending in mind even as it starts out.  Our professional therapists don’t believe people should be expected to enter into an open-ended arrangement where sessions meander towards no particular goal.

We feel is should be time-limited and focused on a clear outcome. Whether ‘time-limited’ means six weeks or six months clearly depends on the particular set of difficulties you’re facing, but you certainly are not entering into an open-ended, long term contract.

That said, an ending does not have to be absolute and it can be reassuring to know that you can always come back to see your counsellor for an occasional progress review or when you feel you need a boost in confidence after a particular set-back. You can even come back for another short course of therapy to help consolidate a new positive perspective or commitment.

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