Information for Clients
What is Counselling?
Counselling provides a regular space in which to share problems and distressing feelings with someone who is impartial and trained to listen.
How Can Counselling Help?
The counsellor will seek to help the client gain understanding into his/her problems, leading them into discovering potential for personal growth and the ability to create a more satsfying life.
The aim is to enable the client to work out their feelings and move on to develop their own solutions to the problems that led them to seek counselling.
Who Uses The Counselling Service?
All sorts of people from all walks of life. We all need emotional support and sometimes friends and family are not enough. People come to the service with a wide range of problems.
- Feeling unhappy, lonely, anxious or depressed
- Bereavement, separation, divorce
- Experiencing problems with relationships at home or at work
- Carrying responsibilities which seem to heavy to bear
- Major changes in their lives
- Eating disorders
- Seeking for meaning in their lives
- Needing support in dealing with a particular crisis
What Does The Service Offer?
The service is run by a team of voluneers who are professionally trained and supervised.
The service is strictly confidential.
All counsellors adhere to the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) Code of Ethics.
If you contact the service for help you will be offered an initial session in which the problem will be explored and the best way to proceed will be discussed. At the end of the session either counselling will be offered or other agencies will be suggested that you can contact.
Counselling sessions are 50mins duration on a weekly basis at the same time and place. This then becomes your regular safe place in which to explore your needs over an agreed period of time.
How Much Does It Cost?
Although our counsellors give their time free, there are significant costs in providing a professional service.
The cost of counselling sessions is negotiable, clients are asked to pay what they can reasonably afford.
We make every effort not to refuse help for financial reasons, however if you are unable to make a contribution you may be asked to wait.