Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions not answered here about the counselling process, please contact us to ask for more information.

HOW LONG DOES A COUNSELLING SESSION TAKE?
Counselling sessions are generally scheduled for 60 minutes. Some situations may require different session lengths which will be explained by Francesca as needed.

HOW LONG WILL THE COUNSELLING PROCESS TAKE?
Counselling is a relationship and how long it takes depends largely upon the issues being addressed. Change takes time. Once you have met with Francesca and have discussed your expectations for counselling she will be better able to outline how long the process is expected to take.

HOW MUCH DOES COUNSELLING COST?
The cost of counselling depends upon several factors and should be discussed with Francesca prior to your first session.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING THE FIRST COUNSELLING SESSION?
It is normal to feel nervous or even apprehensive about your first counselling session. This is a new relationship and it is natural to want it to go well. You also may not know what to expect. During the first session, Francesca will give you a form to fill out. The information you provide is a valuable part of the counselling process because it helps Francesca work as your partner by understanding your story. This initial session is important. It is the time when you build trust and understanding. Francesca will ask a few questions to gain further insight into your personal experience and to understand your expectations. Because she too has walked a counselling journey, Francesca is a compassionate listener throughout the counselling process. Remember that seeking counselling can be one of the best things you could ever do for yourself.

I’VE HEARD SOME THINGS ABOUT COUNSELLING; ARE THEY TRUE?
Myth:
Counselling is for people who have mental health diseases.

Reality: People who seek counselling are ordinary people looking to live a more healthy and positive lifestyle. Counselling can help people cope with specific problems like relationship issues, bereavement, stress and addiction.

Myth: Attending counselling is a sign of weakness; strong people don’t need counselling.

Reality: Asking for help is a sign of strength. Taking the time to explore one’s feelings and emotions to lead to a more positive life is a sign of courage and will create a better life for you and those around you.

Myth: Counselling is about the counsellor giving advice and telling the client what they should do.

Reality: Counselling helps people explore their situation and the possible solutions so that they can live a more fulfilled life. It is the counsellor’s responsibility to NOT give advice, rather to guide the client through a series of self-exploratory exercises to determine what solution is right for them.