Counselling

Counselling
Talking about your thoughts and feelings with a supportive person can make you feel better. It can be very healing, in and of itself, to voice your worries or talk about something that’s weighing on your mind, knowing that you are being listened to by someone that cares. Counsellors are professionally-trained caring listeners. They are also trained to help you get to the root of your problems, overcome emotional challenges, and make positive changes in your life.

For an A-Z list of the issues and concerns that counselling can help with, please visit the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) website, here:  https://www.bacp.co.uk/about-therapy/what-therapy-can-help-with/

Finding the right counsellor for you is essential – someone you feel comfortable opening-up to and who you feel is the right person to support your personal healing and recovery journey.

What to expect
The initial counselling session is known as the ‘assessment’ session and will last around 1 hour. It will take place in a private and confidential room where thecounsellor will ask you to share what’s troubling you. They will also ask you questions about yourself and your life and may ask you to fill in questionnaires to help them identify the extent of the problem and what the underlying issues are.

Before you go to this initial assessment session, it might be useful for you to write down why you are seeking help to make it clear in your mind. It is also normal to feel nervous, anxious, or worried before this assessment session. However, be rest assured that your counsellor will not judge you and will support you to feel relaxed and at ease so that you can begin to share what’s going on.

Towards the end of the assessment session the counsellor will suggest a course of action, which will likely involve further counselling sessions to address the problems and issues which have been discussed. However, occasionally it may involve a referral to another counsellor or therapist better placed to help. Your counsellor will ask you how you would like to proceed. It you feel like you and the counsellor are a good fit, you may choose to continue to see them for further sessions.

Further sessions normally take place weekly and will last 1 hour, the days and times of which you will agree in advance. Progress will be regularly reviewed, and you will normally know when sufficient progress has been made for sessions to come to an end.