Counselling

What is counselling?

People decide to see a counsellor for many different reasons. The issues for which people seek counselling may include:

The counsellor aims to provide a safe, relaxed and private environment where you can explore then make sense of your thoughts and feelings.

Counselling sessions last for 60 minutes , usually once a week.

You may find that one or two sessions are enough, or prefer an arrangement that lasts for some months. This will be agreed between you and the counsellor.

Confidentiality

Anything you choose to discuss with the counsellor will be held as strictly confidential, and treated with respect and in accordance with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Guidelines.

The counsellor will not pass on any information without your request or permission.

Supervision

All counsellors are required to attend regular supervision with a qualified and experienced supervisor. It is designed to support the counsellor and protect the client's wellbeing. Aspects of the counselling relationship may be discussed in supervision, but the identity of the client is kept confidential.

The Person-Centred Approach

The main focus of this approach is on facilitating your capacity to know, explore and connect to yourself, more freely and effectively. It is not the role of the counsellor to give you solutions, but to support the process of you discovering your own answers. You may be feeling you have no clue of 'what they are' just now, but the counsellor is here with you to support your journey.

Person-centred counsellors believe and respect your inner power, and aim to understand how you are. Devised by Carl Rogers, Person Centered Counselling is based on the assumption that a client seeking help in the resolution of a problem they are experiencing, can enter into a relationship with a counsellor who is sufficiently accepting and permissive to allow the client to freely express any emotions and feelings. This will enable the client to come to terms with negative feelings, which may have caused emotional problems, and to develop their inner resources.

Relationship

The relationship between the Counsellor and Client is at the centre of the sessions. It is important to the counsellor that you obtain what you expect to obtain from counselling, and to develop the best environment for this purpose together. You are encouraged to be open to your sense and feelings of what is comfortable or uncomfortable, easy or difficult and feel free to express them. Your responses, concerns and requests about your sessions are of huge importance. The counsellor will welcome the opportunity to receive and discuss comments and concerns.