What to Expect

DCP_Web_LogoWhat to Expect from Devonshire Counselling Practice

After your initial free half hour consultation, we can schedule regular, probably weekly sessions. During these sessions you will be encouraged to discuss your situation, feelings and emotions. Whilst other forms of helping can focus on practical solutions, counselling usually focuses primarily on psychological or emotional needs and problems.

In other words, I won’t give you solutions to your problems or offer advice. My aim is to provide you with emotional support, whilst facilitating your emotional healing and growth, or more simply, using skills and techniques to allow you to discover the real you, and find the answers out for yourself. There is nothing more satisfying to watch, or experience, than a ‘light bulb’ moment!

My dedicated ground floor therapy room at my home on the outskirts of Shebbear has plenty of secluded parking and I also use the treatment rooms above Raphael in Bideford if this is more convenient, although I am unlikely to have any availability to see people in Bideford for quite a while. I offer counselling to all irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic origin.

BACP-web-logosBoundaries and ethics are vital in the counselling profession. I adhere to the BACP ethhical framework for good practice, you can find this at www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework

A written contract is important in professional practice, as it ensures that you understand my way of working, including note taking, confidentiality policy etc. I’ll talk through this contract with you at your first appointment, and you’ll have a copy to take home.

What Jane Expects From You

For counselling to be effective, you need to be committed to the process. This means keeping appointments whenever possible, being prompt for your sessions (there are no waiting rooms), and being aware that the process of change and self reflection can at times be uncomfortable. If we speak honestly with each other, we can minimise this discomfort and build a strong and supportive therapeutic relationship.

Devonshire Counselling Practice offers professional counselling in Devon EX21 by a qualified counsellor for a range of life problems.