couchHow long does therapy take?

Therapy can be just a few sessions and sometimes even one session may be enough. It may continue over several weeks or months. This depends on your individual situation. Your chosen therapist should discuss this with you before and during your course of therapy.

How long is a session?

Sessions will usually last fifty minutes to one hour. This can be adapted to your needs and should be discussed with your chosen therapist.

How often will I see my therapist?

Many people see their therapist once a week, but the frequency can vary according to your need and the type of therapy being offered.

Before you begin therapy, make sure you ask your therapist about the process they are choosing to follow, so that you know what the plan is from the start.

What is therapy effective in helping? 

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bereavement
  • Low self esteem
  • Low self-confidence
  • Panic Attacks
  • Bullying
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Loss/Bereavement 
  • Anger Management
  • Stress
  • Assertiveness
  • Child Related Issues
  • Divorce
  • Separation
  • Work difficulties
  • Gender and sexuality issues
  • OCD
  • Eating disorders
  • Domestic abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Post Natal Depression
  • Phobias
  • Trauma (Post-traumatic stress)
  • Unresolved Issues
  • Couples/Relationship Counselling


Where will I need to go for counselling and hypnotherapy?

Counselling Merseyside operates from our base in Formby. Discuss your ability to travel to different locations and we can arrange alternative venues or other methods of counselling to fulfil your needs.


We practise in accordance with a strict code of confidentiality and data protection.  Anything you disclose to a therapist during a counselling session will remain confidential.  Any exceptions to this will be discussed and agreed between you and the therapist during your session. 

The Contract 

Once we have agreed to pursue therapy you will be asked to sign a standard Contract.  

We will also draw up an Agreement and care plan outlining the issues you want to work through and we will review these regularly to ensure we are achieving outcomes