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Counselling FAQ

Below is a list of frequently asked questions, which we hope may address some of your queries.

If you have questions that are not in this list, do feel free to write in and we will get back to you.

What is the purpose of counselling?

A wide variety of situations can lead one to consider counselling. It is common to seek counselling when we are caught in a crisis situation; experienced a traumatic incident; or in distress over a major decision-making matter. 

Counselling is useful when one feels stuck with a particular situation. Too often, people seek counselling when the problem gets too entrenched, and breaking out of negative patterns of behaviour becomes difficult. Counselling can prevent a cycle from repeating itself needlessly.

How long does counselling usually last?

Duration of each session is normally 1 hour, no more than 2 hours.

Frequency of sessions depend largely on how critical and complicated the situation is. It is not uncommon for clients to contract for weekly or fortnightly sessions. Contracting for counselling sessions would take into consideration the working schedules, the critical nature of the problem and the counselling goals.

The therapeutic relationship can be brief, focussed on the presenting problem, or can be on a longer term to work on more deep rooted issues.

Who should go for counselling?

Generally, the person who is FEELING the most pain or discomfort would initiate counselling, and it would be more likely that this person engages in a counselling contract first. It would be ideal, though not always possible, if the person perceived to be CAUSING this pain or discomfort comes along for the initial consultation.

How do I get started?

Write in to us or call for an appointment (click here for the contact details). An indication of what help is required will help. No need for details. Just a brief statement. For e.g. “Need marital counselling” “I’m having some anxiety over a work situation” “My child seems to be having trouble coping with school” “I’m feeling sad and depressed”

What usually happens in the first session?

A first face to face contact allows the therapist to understand your counselling goals and make an assessment of the appropriate therapeutic intervention to be taken.

As a client, you have the right to check out if you will be at ease in trusting and working with your counsellor. If you are not comfortable, you can state your concerns and ask for a referral or you can decide not to continue with further sessions.

How do we know when to end the counselling process?

Your therapist will assist you in preparing for a termination of the process. A final session is usually arranged as the counselling process comes to a close.

How much should I expect to pay?

Fees range from $120 – $180 per hourly session.
Terms of payment : Cash

Late Cancellation or No Show Fee will be charged.

What are the ethical considerations?

The Holding Space practitioners abide by the Ethical Terms set down by the Singapore Association of Social Workers and the Singapore Association of Counsellors.