Questions About Counselling & How Owen Prefers to Work with People.
How does counselling work?
"Different counsellors have different approaches. I like to ask lots of questions designed to help you understand yourself and your situation better and to assist you to make choices that will help resolve problems. I like to restrict advice-giving as I want you to make your own decisions. There are things I will suggest or exercises I'll invite you to try but I like to ask permission before we try any exercises or activities that I think may help you."
Will I be embarrassed? Do I have to tell you things I don't want to talk about?
"Sometimes you might find it hard to talk about things but you get to choose whether or not to do so. Just because I ask questions as a counsellor gives me no right to answers. If you would rather not discuss something I ask about just say "Owen I'm uncomfortable talking about that. Could we chat about this other thing instead?"
Will you make me do homework or anything outside of sessions?
"Sometimes I might ask you to try something after you leave a session but it is up to you if you want to do it. I prefer not to make decisions for you."
Is my information always confidential?
"This counselling service is confidential although there are times when the counsellor will ask you to tell someone about things that have happened, might need to ask your permission to speak to someone, or may inform you that it is required to tell someone:
When in the therapist's professional opinion some harm could come to you or another person; (this is about safety)
When you mention that you know someone has been seriously assaulted, raped or murdered, or that some other kind of serious crime has been committed, including if there is evidence or suspicion of abuse to someone who is still a child; (this is about being ethical and about people's safety)
If a client is being evaluated or in treatment by order of a court of law where the results must be revealed to the court or if the therapist is required to provide evidence in a court or other legal hearing; (this is about legal requirements)
If insurance companies required information regarding diagnosis and a description of services rendered in order to process claims; (this is for assisting to process your claim)
If you are referred by a medical doctor (this is in case a medication review, or treatment report is needed or when a change of treatment setting is recommended)."