Frequently Asked Questions

What is the BACP?

The BACP is the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

How do I know if a counsellor is qualified?

A qualified counsellor will always be able to provide you with a certificate to prove their qualification upon request. In addition an ethically practising counsellor would usually be a member of a professional body and will be able to provide you with confirmation of this on request. It is important to select a counsellor who is qualified and is bound by the ethical framework of a recognised professional body.

Why do counsellors have supervision?

Counsellors have supervision to ensure that they are practising in an ethically sound way and are fit to practice. The supervisor will always be an independent individual and the aim will be for the supervisor to support the counsellor in their client work therefore offering protection to the counsellor’s clients. If your counsellor needs to raise any concerns about you with their supervisor they will do so in a way that protects your identity.

How many sessions would I have?

This will be determined between you and your counsellor.

Who decides when the sessions will end?

This will be decided between you and your counsellor.