Possibilities Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire - Frequently Asked Questions
We are often asked the following questions. I hope you find the answers below helpful. If you have any other questions, we would be very pleased to hear from you.
How do I know if Possibilities therapy or counselling is right for me?
Finding the right therapist and booking an appointment can be a minefield! It is often very confusing and difficult to understand how to choose between the numerous counsellors and therapists available plus deciding what are the best therapy approaches required for the problem or issues you're facing.
Also, in the search for the right counsellor or therapist, one very serious underlying problem is that the barrier to entry to becoming a counsellor or coach is so low that almost anyone can become one. This means that many people experience therapy at the lowest end of the skill spectrum. It is no wonder that despite the incredible results produced by effective good quality therapy, many people will have a poor experience of therapy. We are often shocked when clients tell us about spending years in counselling or therapy without really achieving any tangible results or becoming very disgruntled after many sessions with a counsellor who just nods and repeatedly says "how do you feel about that...?"
At Possibilities we set a very high bar for becoming a Possibilities Psychotherapist or Counsellor. If you choose to book an appointment with Possibilities, you will be working with a highly qualified, professionally registered and accredited expert psychotherapist with many years of post-graduate experience and an excellent track record. Also, all our therapist are involved in ongoing training and development and are closely supervised plus they're very friendly people too.
At Possibilities, we believe that we have a professional responsibility to work 'ethically' with our clients. This means helping you gently make the changes you would like to make or to address the issues you would like to address, as quickly and cost-effectively as possible and at your pace.
What is the fee for a therapy session?
The fee for the initial appointment only is £40. The set fee for all subsequent sessions is worked out with you at the end of the initial session based on where you fall on a scale from £55 to £95 related to your income and financial situation. Concessions are available. Payment is by cash or cheque at the end of each meeting or online payments may be made in advance. Currently we have no facilites to accept credit cards. If you have any questions about fees, please phone us. We are very happy to discuss this with you.
How do you book an appointment?
You can book an appointment for yourself or on behalf of another person with their prior agreement. You do not need a referral from a GP or other professional to make an appointment.
There are two ways to book an appointment:
1. Call us. Tel: 07593768129 to have a chat today.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm
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"Often enough, we do not know our own mind. In the process of dialogue with another person, we are able to clarify what we think and feel." (Professor Peter Fonagy, 2006)
What will happen next?
We will organise and initial consultation meeting with you by telephone at a suitable time for you. Appointments are available from Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to the last appointment at 8.00 pm. Early evening appointments are most in demand.
How soon can you have a first appointment?
As the therapy we offer is very effective, we have a good steady through-put of clients and can usually set up the first meeting or 'initial consultation' within a week or two.
What happens in the first meeting?
In the first meeting, you will have the opportunity to discuss your main concerns with the therapist plus what you want from therapy and to explore how this might be best fashioned to suit your needs.
The therapist will try to answer any questions you may have and help you decide the best way forward.
We appreciate that navigating around the different options and choosing the right kind of therapy can be difficult. Therefore, we will discuss your requirements and ensure that you receive a service that is tailored to your specific personal needs. You can rely on our expert and leading psychotherapists to offer professional and objective advice.
Whatever is suggested, the final decision about what happens next is up to you.
With what kind of issues can counselling or psychotherapy help?
Counselling and psychotherapy can help with all kinds of personal, emotional, relationship, life and well-being issues and dilemmas.
What if you only need advice and don't want counselling or psychotherapy or if you're not sure about it?
Possibilities counsellors and psychotherapists also offer 'one-off' consultations which can be helpful in the following circumstances:
a. You have an issue but you're not interested in obtaining therapy, you would just like the outside perspective of the counsellor or psychotherapist.
b. You have a specific problem and would appreciate the opportunity to talk it through with someone independent and neutral.
c. You have concerns about a family member, friend or colleague and would like the opportunity to obtain some ideas about what to do.
d. You have a difficulty and you are reticent or unsure if counselling or psychotherapy would be helpful for you. Without making any commitment for ongoing work, you can meet with one of us for a 'one-off' consultation meeting to discuss your concerns and 'try it out'.
e. You feel that your problem is too insignificant for counselling. Please note that if it is significant to you, then that is all that matters. If it is unsettling you, no issue is too small for counselling.
"The gold is in the shadows." Carl Gustav Jung
What else happens in a therapy meeting?
Meetings usually involve you and the therapist sitting in comfortable chairs talking (usually face to face) with one another in a relaxed and confidential manner. Occasionally, if you would find it helpful, paper and pens are used for drawing 'problems' and situations, sharing ideas, and writing down 'things to remember'.
We work with you in a gentle focused manner that creates a comfortable environment, encourages open discussions and gets results for you.
How long do therapy meetings last?
Meetings usually last around 50 minutes or longer, if agreed in advance.
What if you're not ready to make changes?
There is no expectation that you 'have to' make any changes in your life. Some people feel they have had too many changes and need space to consider their situation. What you decide to do is up to you. The therapy is a time for reflection and should proceed at a pace and in a manner that you can manage. It is up to the therapist to adapt the therapy to best suit your needs.
Also, there is no compulsion to talk about anything you don't want to talk about or don't yet feel ready to discuss. Some people take more time than others to consider what changes might be most helpful for them. Other people may not wish to make any changes and just need time and space to reflect on their situation in order to achieve a period of stability. This is very understandable and also very acceptable.
At any time, please feel free to talk to your therapist about anything you're not sure about.
All communications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality and discretion.
Possibilities Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre
14 - 20 John Street