If left untreated, your issues can cause serious problems in the office and at home, leading to professional and personal challenges which you might want to avoid. Our aim is to support you through your issues in absolute confidence, help you overcome them and give you the tools to observe your behaviour and understand what drives you. You are then in a position to change your behaviour or not.
In Britain, one in four adults experiences at least one diagnosable mental health problem. By listening attentively and patiently, your counsellor can perceive difficulties from your point of view, as well as help you consider another way of being.
Bottled up anger, grief and embarrassment can be intense. Counselling offers you the opportunity to makes sense of your thoughts and feelings, with the idea of making them easier to understand and less intense.
Grief can turn your world upside down. Your counsellor will encourage you to express your feelings and thoughts around loss. They are also able to think and feel with you, without becoming overwhelmed.
Before you meet, your therapist will send you a confidential questionnaire to be completed (optional) and returned to your therapist before your first session. The questionnaire asks for some preliminary information about yourself and any other information you think might be helpful for your therapist to know.
At this first session, you can share your concerns and also get a sense of your therapist’s working style. Both of you will then agree on the next steps together. If you or your therapist think you may need another service, your therapist will point you in the right direction.
Strict confidentiality is always maintained and is an essential part of the counselling process. No information either verbal or written will be disclosed to anyone without your written consent.
The only circumstances where confidentiality may be breached are when your life or safety is threatened or you disclose any information which places the safety of others at risk, or where your counsellor may be obliged to comply with legal requirements. Even in situations such as this, your counsellor would always seek to obtain your consent beforehand where possible.
All counsellors are required to have a supervisor who monitors the quality of their work. The process of supervision is conducted in a way that ensures confidentiality.
This depends on your type of policy. Firstly, you need to check with your provider to confirm whether counselling sessions will be covered. If so you need to ascertain how many sessions are included and if there are any other restrictions (e.g. time limitations, amount etc). Please be aware that you will be responsible for any payments accrued regardless of the type of insurance cover you have.
Our sessions can take place face-to-face in our Central London office or via Zoom or the phone.
Counselling for Lawyers was founded by Janet Kaplan who spent 15 years in the corporate world before training as a psychodynamic counsellor at Birkebeck, London University. She offers open-ended basis or time limited work. She also offers 16 sessions an approved Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy practitioner to help people understand and improve their relationships.
For six years she was an Honorary Psychotherapist in Adult Mental Health at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital, London. She currently works as a Senior Counsellor in the National Health Service and in private practice. Alongside her private practice, Janet has presented workshops to GPs on counselling. Janet supervisors practitioners in in the NHS and in the voluntary sector.
She is registered with The British Association for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Supervision. Janet is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and is an approved Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy practitioner. She holds a Criminal Records Bureau Certificate (CRB). And is an approved provider for psychological therapies by various healthcare providers.
Janet has a particular interest in working with lawyers, having witnessed how unresolved emotional issues can impact on family and professional life.