Some frequently asked questions about counselling and coaching.
Q: What is counselling?
A: Counselling’s a wonderful way to explore issues in your life, for example problems in relationships. Chris Hart has huge experience of relationship issues, and individual problems such as anxiety, depression, stress, grief and social skills.
Q: What is coaching?
A: Coaching’s very similar to counselling, but the focus is more on guided growth rather than dealing with problems. Chris Hart will help you question your goals, plans and habits in life, and acquire new skills and insight into how to be more successful, both at home and at work.
Q: What about confidentiality?
A: Your sessions are completely confidential, the only exception being where the possibility of harm to self or others emerges, in which case the involvement of other professionals will be suggested.
Q: What techniques do you use?
A: The sessions are based on the technique known as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which will help you to identify how your thoughts are affecting your behaviour and feelings. You will be shown how to challenge unhelpful thought patterns, and to build better ones.
Q: What does a session feel like?
A: You will probably be a little nervous at the beginning of your very first session, but within a few moments you will start to relax as you realise that just being able to talk about your problem with someone who really ‘gets it,’ and who is completely non-judgemental, is a great relief. And as you begin to explore your issues and discuss how to deal with them, you will feel your mood start to lift. Many people start their first session in a mood of deep gloom, frustration or confusion, and leave with a new sense of optimism and purpose. You will probably be given ‘homework’ to do, new techniques to try, and follow-up sessions as needed.
Q: How many will I need?
A: CBT is very fast. You will begin to see light at the end of the tunnel very quickly, and so most people only need a very few sessions. Some do come many times, as they cope with intractable difficulties, but that is very unusual.
Q: How do I book a session?
A: The best way to make initial contact with me is by email or a WhatsApp message to 0737700310 / 0722709644 from within Kenya, +254737700310 / +254722709644 elsewhere. WhatsApp finds me even when I’m travelling! I will then give you details of my offices in the UK and Nairobi, costs, availability and so on.
Q: What about on-line sessions?
A: Many of my clients live a long way away from my office, thousands of miles in many cases, and so we meet on-line. Both video and audio sessions (FaceTime, Skype, WhatsApp and imo) work just as well as meeting Face to Face. I’m also happy to discuss issues by email and messaging services. Contact me to discuss your needs.
Q: Do you run group sessions or workshops?
A: Yes indeed! These cover a wide range of issues, including relationship problems, parenting, dating skills, career and personal growth issues and so on. Contact me to discuss your needs.
Q: Can you come and talk to my group?
A: With pleasure! Highly interactive coaching sessions for private and corporate groups, school groups, church groups, NGO groups, interactive radio and TV broadcasts are always huge fun for participants, and often change lives. Contact me to discuss your needs.
If you have other questions that I should include here, please let me know by email!