5How do I know if I need counselling?
Even if we are lucky enough to have friends and family supporting us, it can sometimes be difficult to talk to them about things that are really troubling us. By exploring your life and the issues that trouble you in a safe and confidential space, with a trained counsellor who holds your wellbeing at the heart of the process, your ideas about yourself and the world around you may begin to change.
What happens during counselling?
Counselling and psychotherapy involves a special kind of listening and 'being with' another person – your counsellor will attend carefully to everything you say, without ever judging you, and attempt to really understand your life as it is lived right now, with all its challenges. Together, you and your counsellor can make sense of what is happening to you, identify the cause of problems and gain insight into any thought patterns or behaviours that are causing you pain or holding you back from reaching your full potential.
How many counselling sessions will I need?
Following an initial appointment, you will meet with your counsellor once a week for an agreed period of time – this may be for a few weeks only, or you may prefer to begin on an open-ended basis and review the duration from time to time as the work unfolds. This is something that you and your counsellor will agree together. This is your time, and the counselling work is focused entirely on your needs, so please be assured that we will always work at a pace that feels right for you, paying attention to your thoughts, feelings, hopes, fears and goals.
How much does counselling cost?
If you decide that you would like to go ahead with counselling, sessions are held weekly, last 50 minutes each, and the fee is £45.00 per session. Some assisted places (at lower cost) are available to senior citizens, students and those on lower incomes – please ask about these in your initial appointment if you feel this may be applicable to you.
Who are the counsellors?
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