Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers

Is it normal to feel nervous?

If you’re thinking about signing up for counselling/therapy, it’s absolutely normal to feel a bit anxious about it. Opening up is a big step and if you’ve never spoken to a counsellor/therapist before, the idea might seem totally weird and uncomfortable.

What is Counselling/Therapy?

Counselling/Therapy is designed to help you speak about your thoughts and feelings and give you a safe space to work through any problems that you might be facing in your life.

Some counselling/therapy sessions happen face to face, but here at Piece into Peace, we offer counselling sessions online. 

What will my first session look like?

After your initial assessment has been done, you will be allocated a counsellor/therapist for the duration of your counselling sessions with us. Please note that, the counsellor/therapist that conducted the initial assessment, may be different to the counsellor/therapist assigned to you for on-going sessions.

Your counsellor/therapist will begin by introducing themselves, establishing some boundaries for the sessions and telling you a little bit about the way that they work. Then, they may ask you to talk about why you’re there and what you’d like to work on with them.

You don’t have to know why straight away and it’s ok if you’re not sure yet – your counsellor/therapist  will help you work that out.

You should feel free to ask your counsellor/therapist  anything you want to know about how things will work in each session and what is expected of you.

How long will Counselling/Therapy last?

At Piece into peace, your counselling/therapy sessions take place once per week and last for 50 minutes. You can have up to eight sessions with your counsellor/therapist.

What if I go blank and don't have anything to say?

This is completely normal. There will be times when you won’t be able to think of anything to say – that’s ok and there’s no need to feel awkward.  Just take your time and eventually the conversation will flow naturally again.

Who else will know about what I talk about?

Everything you discuss with your Counsellor/Therapist is completely confidential. Unless there is concern for you or someone else you know.  You can feel free and safe to discuss anything you want.

What will I talk about with my Counsellor/Therapist?

Your Counsellor/Therapist isn’t there to tell you what to talk about, but they will help you to work out what it is that you’d like to focus on. It doesn’t matter if it takes a while to get there.

You might find that things about your childhood come up in conversation, or your relationships with friends and families. You might discuss your thoughts and emotions, surrounding your current challenges, your behaviour and things that you find difficult.

If you have a specific issue you want to talk about, like anxiety, bereavement or addiction; your counsellor/therapist can help you to deal with this.

How should I make the most out of my sessions?

Counselling/Therapy can be hard sometimes because you’re talking through issues you find difficult and this can bring up lots of emotions. Remember to be kind to yourself and know that it’s ok if you struggle – the process takes time and it’s normal to find it challenging.

Try writing down the things that come up during each section. It will help you to remember what you have learned and reflect on issues that have been brought up.

It’s important to remember that not every session will feel as helpful as others, but that’s ok. Your counsellor is trained to help you reach the goals that you set together and will guide you in the right direction.

Your Counsellor/Therapist will also give you home work assignments, as a way of helping you put into practice things you may have learned during your session and give you effective tools to enhance your healing journey.

What if I don't like my Counsellor/Therapist?

Sometimes your Counsellor/Therapist might not feel like the best fit for you, or you may not feel comfortable talking to them for whatever reason. If this is the case, it’s fine to request or search for a different counsellor. Your therapeutic relationship plays a key role in your counselling/therapy experience.

What if I miss a scheduled appointment?

 It is essential to the Counselling/Therapy work that you prioritise attending your weekly appointment once you have confirmed it. Should you need to cancel any appointment, please notify your counsellor/therapist no later than 48 hours in advance. Otherwise you could be charged for the full counselling fee. Please read our cancellation policy for more information.