PCT Glasgow Ltd
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do people come for counselling?
People come for counselling or psychotherapy for many reasons. Sometimes problems and situations require professional help to resolve them, some people find they're having difficulty coping, others want to use counselling for personal development. Whatever the reason, we're here to support you, understand your situation and feelings and help you to find your own solutions.
I'm feeling anxious about coming to counselling
Many people are. Your counsellor is experienced and will be aware you might be anxious. They will seek to make you feel at ease. Please feel free to discuss any concerns with your counsellor.
How many appointments will I need?
This will depend on your circumstances and what you agree with your counsellor. We can offer 'short-term' counselling (many people find just a few sessions is sufficient) though we're available for longer-term support too. Counselling sessions are usually weekly, but this can be altered to suit you. Again, please discuss this with your counsellor.
Is counselling right for me?
At your initial meeting, you will have an opportunity to discuss your issues, identify the areas you want to work on and to decide whether or not counselling or psychotherapy is right for you. If this is not the most suitable option for you, we can explore other resources or refer you on to other sources of support.
How long do counselling sessions last?
Each counselling session will last 50 to 60 minutes. Longer counselling sessions can be arranged if appropriate and subject to agreement with your counsellor.
How much does counselling cost?
Our counsellors charge between £35 and £45 per appointment. Some carefully selected counsellors-in-training offer low-cost counselling. They don't charge for their time but a £10 charge is made to cover counselling centre costs. Please contact us for availability and appointments.
Is counselling confidential?
Your counsellor will respect your privacy and subscribes to the Ethical Framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or the Confederation of Scottish Counselling Agencies (COSCA). In very rare circumstances, we may be legally obliged to break confidentiality, but only in your or the public interest and usually after consultation with you. If you have any concerns or questions about this, please discuss this with your counsellor.
What if I need to cancel an appointment?
Counsellors require 24 hours notice for any cancellation, otherwise a charge may be made (this will be confirmed by your counsellor when they first make contact with you). This is because counsellors often pay a room fee and could otherwise give the appointment to someone else.