What to expect from counselling
During your sessions, your counsellor will work with you so there will be a greater understanding of your situation and the emotions you are experiencing. You will be encouraged to express your feelings and emotions freely. Together you can identify ways of finding solutions to problems.
Counselling can help you recognise the effects other people and their actions are having on you and to explore alternative ways of coping.
It can be a great relief to share your worries and fears with someone who is impartial and acknowledges your feelings in a respectful way.
Doesn't asking for counselling mean admitting failure?
Many see it as a strength to ask for counselling. You may think that you are being strong in not seeking help whereas in fact those who can admit to their difficulties could be considered the strong ones. Asking for counselling often mean you have taken the first difficult step on the road to resolving the problem.
Does seeing a counsellor mean I am ill?
No, seeing a counsellor doesn't mean you are ill. However, where there are some symptoms of an illness - depression, anxiety etc. - counselling can be helpful. Counsellors will not treat you as a sick person, but rather as someone going through a difficult time.
How much will it cost?
A registration fee of £25 is payable at the first appointment for referrals to all of our services; we are not a 'for profit' organisation. We very much rely on client contributions and other donations to cover our running costs. You will be asked to make a contribution of £25 when attending subsequent appointments, which can be by cash, cheque or credit card. Where a client has difficulty paying the registration fee or making session payments, this cost will be waived.