Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How do you know if Possibilities psychotherapy or counselling is right for you?
Finding the right therapist can be tricky if you’ve never done it before. It’s difficult enough to seek help in the first place, but with a huge amount of choice available, knowing that you’ve picked the right counsellor for the problems you’re facing can feel like pot luck.
At Possibilities, we set an extremely high bar for the psychotherapists or counsellors who join our team.
When you choose to book an appointment with Possibilities, you’ll be working with a highly qualified, professionally registered, accredited expert psychotherapist with many years of postgraduate experience and an excellent track record. All our therapists are also involved in ongoing training and development and are closely supervised.
We’re friendly, too!
At Possibilities, we believe that we have a professional responsibility to work ethically with our clients. This means we help you gently make the changes you would like to make and to address the issues you would like to address, at a pace that suits you.
What is the fee for a therapy session?
The initial consultation fee is reduced to £50. If further meeting are agreed, the set-fee for them is worked out on a scale from £60 to £110, based on your financial circumstances. We’re sometimes able to make concessions depending on your financial situation but this is limited. Please see our fees for more information.
We accept payment by cash, cheque or online at the end of each meeting or in advance.
Please note, we currently have no facilities to accept credit cards. If you have any questions about fees, please give us a call on 07593 768 129. We’re more than 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 but only 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 with us:
1 Call us on 07593768129
2 Drop us an email
What will happen after you call or email?
After you provide us with your details and a selection of suitable dates and times when you are definitely available, we’ll organise the initial consultation meeting by telephone or email at a time that’s suitable for you. Appointments are available from Monday to Friday between 9.00 am to 9.00 pm. Evening appointments are most in demand.
How soon can you have the first appointment?
Because we get good results for people in good time, we have a high throughput; therefore, usually we can set up the first meeting, the initial consultation, within one week or two.
What happens in the first meeting?
In the first meeting, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss your main concerns with a psychotherapist, what you’re hoping to address and how the therapy might be best fashioned to suit your needs. The therapist will answer any questions you may have and help you decide the best way forward.
We appreciate that navigating around the different options is difficult so, if requested, we will offer you our expert opinion about what might help. We’ll do what we can to help meet your requirements and aim to ensure that you receive the best help we can offer.
Whatever is suggested, the final decision about what happens next is up to you.
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, challenges and dilemmas. You can see some of the main problems we help you address in our list of common issues.
What if you only need advice and don’t want counselling or psychotherapy or if you’re not sure about it?
At Possibilities, we want to do what we can to help you improve your life. Our counsellors and psychotherapists also offer one-off consultations, which are ideal if you find yourself in one of the following situations:
- You have an issue, but you’re not interested in obtaining therapy. You would just like the outside perspective of the counsellor or psychotherapist.
- You have a specific problem and would appreciate the opportunity to talk it through with someone independent and neutral.
- You’re concerned about a family member, friend or colleague and would like the opportunity to obtain some ideas about what to do.
- You’re unsure if counselling or psychotherapy would be helpful for you. Without making any commitment for ongoing work, you’d like to try out a ‘taster’ session.
- You feel that your problem is too insignificant for counselling. Please note that if it is significant to you, then that is what matters.
What else happens in a therapy meeting?
Meetings usually involve you and the therapist sitting in comfortable chairs, talking (usually face to face) in a relaxed and confidential manner. Occasionally, 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 and try to create a comfortable environment to encourage open discussion and get the best results for you.
How long do therapy meetings last?
Meetings usually last up to 50 minutes.
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 just need therapeutic space to carefully consider their situation and make sense of things. What you decide to do is up to you. Our therapy is a time for reflection and will proceed at a pace and in a manner that you can manage. It is up to us to adapt the therapy to best suit your needs.
There is no requirement 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 something we completely understand and can help you achieve.
Attending therapy appointments?
Your life is very important and therapy is about your life; therefore, it is extremely important too. The counselling and psychotherapy we offer requires that you are able to attend appointments regularly either once per week or every second week. We can make special arrangements with those on shift patterns or working offshore.
We understand that attending therapy is a big step, sometimes challenging and a large commitment. We’ll make it easier by breaking things down into baby steps for you. Sometimes we’ll have fun! As we are often talking about very difficult and emotional issues, some moments in therapy can occasionally be uncomfortable but worth working through to obtain the, often life-changing, benefits.
The various types of therapy we offer consist of talking through issues, experiencing emotions, gaining new understanding and making changes in your life. This often involves your completing therapeutic tasks between sessions to help embed any therapeutic changes into your day to day life.
It is important that you feel ready to commit to making the therapy a priority and making time for any associated tasks between meetings. This will give you the best chance of obtaining the most benefits from the therapy.
There is a very high demand for our services. If you need to change an appointment, please give at least 48 hours advanced notice. This will give us enough time to offer your appointment to someone else. If you cancel the appointment with less than 48 hours, you remain responsible for the appointment fee.
Allow us to reassure you that professional help is at hand. We offer services that aim to reduce the fear and uncertainty about getting help. Arrange an initial consultation ‘taster’ session to discuss your needs, in privacy and comfort, to obtain a sense of how we help and for if this is the right direction for you.
And the day came when the risk (it took) to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
What our previous clients have said
I experienced severe trauma and developed a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder which meant I wasn’t coping well with day to day life. With CBT Therapy at Possibilities, I’ve made a number of positive changes. It was a struggle at times but my psychotherapist helped me feel safe and capable as we worked through things. I’m now back at work and my confidence is growing. I have a life again. I’m so glad I took that scary first step and called. If you’re feeling unsure, I highly recommend you call them too.
– JT, Aberdeenshire: Trauma Counselling Aberdeen.
I thought my life wasn’t worth living. My depression convinced me I was worthless and useless and my situation was hopeless. If you’re feeling something similar, go to Possibilities. They made an enormous difference to my life and they can do the same for you.
– AD, Aberdeen: Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy for Depression.
My relationship with my partner has vastly improved. We’re more able to communicate and we’re spending more time together and having fun! I can’t believe we were on the verge of separating when we contacted Possibilities as a last resort. I can’t thank them enough.
– SMcM, Aberdeenshire: Couples Counselling Aberdeen.
Possibilities was outstanding. I’ve overcome my anxiety and have the tools to keep it at bay should I need them in the future.
– MK, Aberdeen: CBT Therapy for Anxiety.
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.