Ipswich counselling | quote by Carl Rogers about the counselling relationship | The Bridge Counselling Service, IpswichIf you are looking for counsellors in your area but are unsure which one to choose, have a look at the frequently asked questions below and see if they help you decide.  If there is anything else you would like to ask, please give me a call on 07578 839779, send an email to donnagibson@thebridgecounsellingservice.co.uk  or use the form on the contact page and I will be happy to help.

What will happen during the first session?

The first session is about getting to know each other a little and establishing whether we would like to work together.  It is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have and for me to cover some of the important aspects of the information sheet I will have guided you towards during our first contact.  We will also be able to look at what brings you to counselling at this time and what you are hoping to get from your experience.

How can I find your counselling room?

Although the address is 2 Betts Avenue, the entrance is to the side of the building, opposite the side of Tenpin Bowling on Gloster Road.  There is no waiting area so it would be helpful if you could arrive as close to your appointment time as possible.

Online/Telephone Counselling

Online counselling is offered using Zoom.  If you choose to work online I will send you a link to download the application and ask for a contact number so that in the event of any glitches I can call you and we can decide how to proceed.

On the morning of your session I will email or text a link which you simply need to click on and which will bring you into a virtual ‘waiting room’ until the session is ready to start.

I would advise you find a suitable, private place where you can talk freely without interruption.

Can I park?

Parking is free. If you turn into Betts Avenue, the car park is the first turning on your right.  Please feel free to park in any of the spaces marked ‘2’.

What about public transport?

You can find details of bus routes at First Bus.

What is the counselling room like?

Sessions are held in a quiet and private room.

Do you have toilet facilities available?

There are male, female and wheelchair accessible facilities available. 

How much will the sessions cost?

Sessions cost £50.  Payments should be made by bank transfer in advance of your session.

How long is each session?

Each session lasts 50 minutes.

How often are sessions held?

Sessions are offered weekly on the same day and at the same time.  If you find you need something different, please discuss it with me and I will see what I can do.

Do I need to commit to a minimum number of sessions?

You may have some idea from the outset how many sessions you would like or you may wish to keep it open ended.  Either way, I trust that you will know when you have gained what you require from the counselling process and so I do not require you to commit to a certain number of sessions.

Will I need to sign a contract?

Boundaries are important but I prefer to offer an information sheet rather than a formal contract.

I’m feeling anxious

It is very normal to feel anxious.  You’re meeting someone new and may want to open up about issues very personal to you.  Would it help if I told you that I will most likely feel a little nervous too?

What is the Person-Centred approach to counselling?

The person-centred approach was developed by psychologist Dr Carl Rogers (1902-1987) during the 40s and 50s.  It is an approach to counselling which is known as non-directive.  In a nutshell what this means is that I will work alongside you, not leading you in any direction because I believe that you are the one true expert on your life and trust that you have an innate tendency to move towards a more fully functioning life*.   My role is to provide you with an environment which enables you to grow.

The environment Rogers was talking about includes feeling free from physical and psychological threat.  This environment involves being in a relationship with someone who understands you deeply, does not judge you and who is genuine.  This kind of relationship can be helpful in many areas of life not just in counselling.

It sounds simple doesn’t it?  In reality I need to be continually developing these attitudes in order to be able to offer you the optimum environment for growth.  I believe this is a lifelong pursuit and I am committed to my own growth.

*Aspects of a fully functioning life can include the need to know and be known by others, being around others, being open to experience, trusting and being trustworthy, curiosity, creativity and compassion.