Gary Bishop Counselling, Group Therapy and Couples Counselling
in Billericay, Essex

How do we get started?

You can contact me by email or telephone, I also have a Facebook page so you can message me there if you prefer. If I am not able to answer the phone please leave a message and I'll return your call. During the initial phone call you might want to share what has brought you to seeking counselling and you can ask any questions you may have about the process. Alternatively you might want to wait until we meet before doing this.


What happens in the first session?

In the first session we can decide amongst other things, whether we can work together...Will this be a good enough relationship? I will also be interested in what brings you to my practice,I am interested in your story. I may also ask you to help me complete a short questionnaire, and I may take some notes on what you tell me during our session. I hope after this initial stage we be able to form an idea about what you need from our work together.


How long shall I have sessions for?

Everyone is different. The number of sessions you have will depend on what you bring and what you want from the work we do. Some people who want to deal with a specific issue that is troubling them might stay for up to 8 sessions, others may want to make significant changes in their lives which can take several years. Either way, our work will be a collaborative process so we will review your needs and goals regularly to keep the work on track.


How long are the sessions? And How often do I need to come?

All sessions are 50 minutes long. Sessions are weekly and usually at the same time. Sometimes people might choose to come more often if they need more support.


Do I need a referral from my GP?

No. If you choose to contact a private counsellor/therapist, your GP doesn't need to refer you. Its up to you whether you let them know.


Can I really talk about anything?

Absolutely you can. Our sessions are confidential so you can talk about whatever is troubling you.








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