Frequently Asked Questions

What is Counselling?
Counselling allows you confidential time and space to talk about you. It gives you a space to explore and become aware of events, issues or relationships that may be having an adverse affect on you. There are no 'shoulds or oughts', there is no 'right or wrong' way for a counselling session to proceed, it is a unique time for just for you.  Your counsellor will be trained in a variety of different skills to enable them to choose a way of working that is most beneficial to you.

How many counselling session will I need?
You are an individual and there is not a one size fits-all approach. The number of sessions that you have depends on you. You may find that a few sessions is all that you need or that it is appropriate to have a break and maybe return in a couple of months. Alternatively you may feel that you are only just beginning your journey and this is fine too.

How long does a counselling session last?
A counselling session lasts for one hour. In some circumstances it may be appropriate to have slightly longer sessions and this can be discussed with your counsellor.

How often should I attend the counselling sessions?
Again there are no 'shoulds' or 'oughts' as to how often somebody chooses to see their counsellor. You may decide that you would like to attend once a week or fortnightly, or alternatively arrange each appointment as you need them. The time in-between counselling sessions is just as valuable as the sessions themselves. You may be processing new information or an awareness about yourself, that was previously out of your consciousness. On average clients attend weekly sessions.

I am concerned that someone I care about, may have an Eating Disorder can I send them along?
It can be very distressing to watch someone you care about struggling with their relationship with food, it can trigger all sorts of feelings especially if you are a parent who may feel that you should be able to solve your child's problem. Counselling may help you to get some support with your feelings and also allow you the time and the space to become aware of your relationship with your child.

It would be inappropriate to 'send someone along' to counselling, but by talking to them about the possible value of counselling, it will allow them to know that there is help when they feel ready.  

How long will I have to wait to see a Counsellor?
Once you have made the decision that you would like help with an Eating Disorder, your first session can usually be made within the week.

How much does it cost?
An hour long session costs £45

Where will the Counselling take place?
Your counselling sessions usually take place in central Exeter, however your counsellor may be able to see you at an alternative location in Devon.

What do I do now?
If you feel that you would like to discuss in more detail how Counselling may help you, or someone you care about, with an Eating Disorder please call 07980 182118