'Wherever you go, there you are. Whatever you wind up doing, that's what you've wound up doing. Whatever you are thinking right now, that's what's on your mind. Whatever has happened to you, it has already happened. The important question is, "how are you going to handle it?" '
- Jon Kabat-Zinn
FAQ's Catherine Stobbs Counselling & Psychotherapy North Devon
Here you will find the answers to questions that I most frequently get asked. However if you do not find the answer to your questions then please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.
How long will my sessions be?
Each session lasts an hour; to ensure your session ends smoothly, a gentle mention of the time remaining will be given a little before the end.
How will I know counselling is right for me?
I offer an initial free thirty minute consultation to help with taking the first step into counselling, although you are welcome to book the usual hour long appointment for your first session.
What happens if I am unable to attend a session?
If you are unable to attend a session, I will aim to offer you an alternative appointment in the same week, subject to availability. I do not charge for missed sessions, but I would appreciate 48 hours notice of cancellation as missed appointments are often difficult to offer to other clients at short notice.
How frequent will my sessions be?
Sessions are once a week, usually on the same day, although I appreciate that for some clients, especially shift workers, this is not always possible. Therefore, I am happy to be flexible around timings. I am also able to offer early morning and evening appointments.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions will depend entirely on your individual needs; you may find that you are ready to end your sessions after a few weeks, or you may find you need months. You may end your sessions whenever you wish; however, it is usually helpful to allow a few sessions to bring the counselling process to a close. This is something we can review together as your sessions progress.
How will I feel during counselling?
If you are new to counselling you may find it strange to share your thoughts and feelings with someone you don't know, but hopefully you find it a relief to talk openly in a confidential, respectful and non-judgemental environment.