What can I expect from counselling?
We offer you the opportunity to explore your experiences and feelings and work through difficulties in your life, in a safe, supportive and confidential environment. Over several weeks, your counsellor will come alongside you in these difficulties, helping you to gain a better understanding of yourself and your circumstances.
Counselling invites you to change by helping you to find new strength and the freedom to make your own choices. Counselling is based on listening and is not about giving you advice, telling you what to do or judging you. It can, however, enable you to see things from a new perspective.
We work with many counselling ideas and models such as Person-centred therapy, Existential therapy, CBT (Cognitive behavioural therapy), Psychodynamic therapy, Transactional analysis, mindfulness practice and Gestalt therapy.
Individual counselling takes place on a 50 minute session per week basis for as long as you and your counsellor think it beneficial.
What can I talk about?
We offer help for people with many different needs including:
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Loneliness or isolation
- Low self-esteem
- Anger management
- Loss or bereavement
- Trauma or abuse
- Stress or PTSD
- Sudden or chronic Illness or health conditions
- A lifestyle change
- Relationship/marriage difficulties (on an individual basis or as a couple)
- Parenting challenges
- Family relationship difficulties
- Matters of sexuality
- Career/workplace issues
- Identity development
- Fertility & pregnancy issues
- Mental health issues
Can I have couples counselling with my partner/spouse?
We currently do not have the capacity to offer couples counselling, but are actively looking to recruit and train staff to deliver this vital aspect of our service. Please come back soon to check on availability.
Will my counselling be confidential?
Yes, confidentiality is an important part of building trust with your counsellor and they will discuss this with you, when you start your counselling. Please read our privacy statement for more information about how we handle your personal data
How much will it cost?
We do ask clients to make a contribution towards their counselling and an affordable amount is agreed at your initial consultation. We do not wish anyone to be deterred from making enquiries because of an anxiety about cost and are happy to review contributions as and when circumstances change. Each session costs us about £40/hour to provide and all counsellors give their time on a voluntary basis.
For individual counselling, our standard contribution is £40 per 50 minute session. However, we can accept contributions from £20 per session (or £10 on a time limited basis), according to individual circumstances.
For couples counselling, our standard contribution is £55 per 60 minute session. However we can accept contributions from £30 per session (or £20 on a time limited basis), according to individual circumstances.
There is a £10 fee for assessment sessions.