How it works.
But first... you've got questions?
What sort of counselling do you offer?
You probably know that there are quite a few kinds of counselling. We offer Person Centred Counselling. In a nutshell, we "work with you" rather than try to "work on you".
The person-centred approach is built on the idea that each person already has it in them to thrive. We'll work with you to draw that out. And as person-centred counsellors we're not there to judge, but to accept you unconditionally. We work to build a relationship and atmosphere in the sessions where you feel free to tell it how it is, without being afraid of what someone is going to think. Then we'll take it from there.
You've probably just been Googling it! but here are a couple of links about the Person Centred Approach you might find useful:
What does it cost?
We don't want cost to stop someone accessing our service. So affordability will be discussed at the assessment, and charges will be determined by a client's circumstances linked to a sliding scale of fees.
We are a non profit-making organisation supported by volunteers. Any profit will go in to the ongoing training of our volunteers and selected local community projects.
What can I expect from the counsellors?
We are a group of trained counsellors, and also counsellors in training. We are members of and work within the standards set by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
All our counsellors are clinically supervised.
You can read about the BACP Ethical Framework by which we work here.
Will you keep what I say in counselling confidential?
Counselling is a safe place.
The only reasons we would speak about the content of our sessions to someone else.would be to safeguard you or others from serious harm, or if required to do so by law.
See the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) website for more on this, and the ethical framework we use.
Booking an assessment
Monday mornings by arrangement. Please contact us by phone or email.
- The counsellor you meet for your assessment will not necessarily be the person you meet for counselling sessions.
- One possible outcome of the meeting is that we suggest you approach another service, if we feel for example that your needs would be better met by a specialist in a particular field.
When it's all over...
We start with the end in mind. It may be hard right now to see past the issue or situation that is making you consider getting some counselling, but perhaps change has already started.
We will seek to support each client in their individual process towards their personal goals.
"The good life is a process,
not a state of being.
It is a direction,
not a destination."
Carl Rogers 1902 - 1987