I trust your confidentiality?
Yes. Even the fact that you have counselling will not be disclosed
unless you specifically request me to contact someone and sign a disclosure
form. The only exception is if you disclose that yourself or someone
else (particularly a child) is at risk and I need to take action –
suitable action would usually be discussed with you first. I have
a professional supervisor to ensure good quality counselling, however
disclosing clients' identity is avoided.
long does counselling take?
Research shows the greatest benefits for are often in the first 6
weeks for some issues, though many people continue longer. As a very
general rule of thumb, the longer since the difficulty has been going
on, the longer counselling will be needed. Some people find a one-off
session is enough, others come back once every few months. . However
for ongoing work it is important to make some commitment and let me
know, even if only for a few sessions, as I need to know you will
be coming back next week to start work on difficult issues.
you offer counselling in other languages?/ What if the client doesn’t
speak fluent English?
Although I speak Japanese fairly well, I am not fluent enough to offer
counselling in Japanese or other languages. However I’m used
to working with people who speak only a little English and this usually
works fine. I welcome people of all nationalities and backgrounds.
counselling will work for me?
It would be wrong to say you can ever be certain of the outcome of
counselling. However practically everyone who has come for more than
a couple of sessions has said it has been a positive experience, and
for some it is life-changing. Research suggests that the most important
factor in successful therapy is the client's motivation and type of
difficulty, and the second is a good relationship with the counsellor.
You are welcome to have a one-off trial or discussion over the phone
if you are unsure whether it is right for you.
When is the right time to start counselling?
If you are looking at this site it’s probably the right time.
People have counselling at different times for different reasons.
During a crisis, it can help support you enough to keep going and
make necessary decisions, but when things are calmer can be a good
time to really think deeply and make long-term changes. Sometimes
an event or realisation or even a dream acts as a trigger that brings
up an issue from long ago, but counselling is also a way to get perspective
on current problems such as relationships. If you have been feeling
there is something you'd like to do something about, now might be
the time to start.
had counselling once before – is it worth trying again?
Yes, probably. There are many kinds of counselling and not every counsellor
suits every person. Unfortunately some counsellors are also simply
not very good. Sometimes counselling doesn’t achieve what you
hope at first but it may be that your situation has changed or a different
perspective will be different. Many people have said counselling didn’t
make much difference to them before, but ended up saying it was more
profound than they ever hoped; others like to come back for further
personal development after successful counselling. I recommend you
to discuss with me anything that went wrong before, or why you feel
it didn’t work well, as well as how far you did get, in order
to make best use of what you did before and avoid unnecessary repetition.
/ Are you licensed?
Private counselling is not regulated by law in Japan or the UK. However
I am an accredited member of the self-regulatory national organisation
BACP (British Association
for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and UKRCP
(United Kingdom Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)
which is a register of approved therapists which has been established
in the process of moving to statutory regulation of counselling and
psychotherapy in the UK. I work within their Ethical Framework for
Good Practice, and regulations include annual re-accreditation procedure
and ongoing training requirements. I am also a clinical associate
member of IMHPJ (International Mental Health Professionals Japan)
and bound by their ethics commitment.
Yes. As is standard practice I employ a qualified independent supervisor
for consultation to ensure good quality counselling practice.
there a cancellation policy?
Yes. Regularity is important and missing appointments is sometimes
related to the issues discussed, so it is necessary to be strict to
reduce missed appointments which limit the effectiveness of counselling,
as well as to keep the cost to a minimum for everyone. You are normally
expected to pay the normal price for cancellations or non-attendance
beyond one appointment in every 10. If you expect to have particular
difficulties with this please discuss it beforehand.
if my friend/partner/family member needs counselling?
Thank you for doing something to help them. If your friend or relative
seems to have a mental health problem, be depressed or unhappy for
a long time, has experienced a serious loss or trauma such as rape,
is drinking too much, or is suffering from difficulties or loss of
direction in their life, or has harmed themselves or threatened to,
counselling may well help them. However the position of a friend/relative
can be difficult. The best situation to preserve the independence
of the counsellor is for you to tell the person what you have found
about about counselling and encourage them to make contact themselves.
If they are willing, you are welcome to come with them to meet me,
although I will usually want to hear about the situation in their
words. If the person knows they have a problem but does not think
counselling will help (possibly because they are too depressed to
think anything will help) it may be necessary to encourage them. However
if they refuse or do not think there is a problem at all it may be
necessary to wait until the person involved recognises it as a difficulty
before they are willing to consider getting support. This does not
mean you yourself are prevented from getting support however, supporting
or living with a person with such difficulties is itself very hard
and often undermines your own well-being, particularly if you are
coping alone, and you may both benefit if you get support for yourself
to help you to deal with the situation in the best way possible. On
the other hand, if you are closely related as a couple or family,
it may be better to come together from the start and view the difficulty
as a family matter - in this way it becomes clear that the situation
is a problem which needs to be dealt with while avoiding stigmatising
one person alone. If you are concerned about a child please see the
pages on children and families.
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