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Frequently Asked Questions

What does AvA working in a holistic and integrative way mean in practice?
For us ‘holistic’ is about considering the ‘whole’ person. Unlike other ways of working, we consider all the factors that go into making you who you are. Our integrative approach draws from a myriad of therapeutic approaches, modern science, including neuroscience, psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), quantum physics, epigenetics and ancient wisdoms. Our therapists are skilled in integrating the different ways of working and matching what is most useful and appropriate to you as an individual.

Does having the support of an AvA therapist include practical guidance?
Yes, the work we do together in the counselling room is only part of the therapy. Your counsellor will, at the same time as developing a therapeutic relationship with you, share knowledge that includes practical tips and techniques for you to use out of the sessions.

Is what I say confidential?
Yes, for a trusting relationship to be formed it is essential that counselling is confidential, Furthermore all AvA therapists’ work is supervised on a ‘no names’ basis.

Surely I just have to live with issues that date from way back?
No, whilst it is true we can’t change the past, it is also true that with help you can change the way the past affects you.

How often will I come for counselling?
Generally sessions are weekly, though fortnightly sessions are sometimes appropriate. We recognise however that some clients are not able to commit to a regular session time and whenever possible we will accommodate this.

Do AvA Counselling and Psychotherapy offer a telephone or skype service?
We believe that counselling is best done in person. We may on occasions offer skype counselling but not until the relationship has really become established, and only then where face-to-face sessions are not possible.

What does a first session involve?
In a first session we would expect for you to tell us a little more about what has brought you to contact us and for us to tell you more about how we work. After that any nerves you may have are likely to settle and you will be able to see if you wish to continue.

What does it cost?
For information on our costs see our ‘More Information’ page.

How long is a session?
Sessions are 1 hour for adults. Children’s sessions may be less, dependant on age.

How many sessions will I need?
It varies according to the individual. We offer both short-term work, of generally 8 to 12 sessions, and longer term. After a few sessions we will have an idea of what would be most appropriate for you and will advise you accordingly.

Are therapists at AvA qualified?
Yes, we do not use trainees. Our therapists are qualified to degree level, have undergone extensive additional training and are on the Accredited Register with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). (For more details see our ‘More Information’ page).

Are therapists at AvA members of a professional body?
Yes, the BACP and you will find our therapists on the BACP Accredited Register For more details see our ‘More Information’ page.

Are therapists at AvA Counselling and Psychotherapy CRB checked?
Yes, our therapists hold advanced Criminal Record Bureau Certificates.

How do I make contact and what happens next?
For more information about how to contact us, response times and what happens next see the ‘contact us’ page. You can also click on the email address above the menu bar on the 'Home Page'.