How We Can Help
One room, two chairs and 50 minutes. These are the ingredients of the counselling experience. Here we try to give you a flavour of what happens and how it might help you…
We start with some simple but important things: time devoted to you in a safe, calm place, away from the distractions and pressures of everyday life. Here you can be you without having to pretend that everything’s ‘fine’.
You set the agenda and the pace. You can talk in complete confidence about anything that’s troubling you, safe in the knowledge that you won’t be judged, advised, labelled or told what to do. Instead, your counsellor will step into your shoes and try to understand things from your unique perspective.
Then the work begins.
Being listened to, heard and understood for who you are can be a powerful healing experience, especially if you have been struggling alone for a long time, bottling things up. Knotty problems that once seemed insoluble begin to unravel. Painful feelings that were once unbearable can be approached with calmness. Hope emerges from the darkest places…
When you can hear yourself think, or name the feelings gnawing at your stomach, you start to understand yourself better. And when you are accepted for who you are, you find you can accept yourself and trust your innate ability to make decisions that are right for you. That’s when you have a sense of your power to make the changes you want.
Each counselling session lasts for 50 minutes over a number of weeks depending on what is right for you. Some people find a short period of counselling – say just six weekly sessions – works for them. Others want longer. Usually we’ll discuss at the start of therapy how much time you believe you need. This can be changed as and when necessary.
Choosing a counsellor who’s right for you can seem like a leap into the unknown. We make this easier with:
- A free 15-minute initial telephone consultation – ask anything you need to know about counselling, our approach and how it might help an issue you’re dealing with. To organise this, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07799761825
- An initial 50-minute no-strings-attached face-to-face appointment with a counsellor to decide if they’re a good fit for you. To organise this, either email email@example.com or call 07799761825
- Alternatively, you can download our free handy guide entitled ‘Is Therapy Right for Me?’
We aim to make our service affordable and therefore accessible to as many people as possible who believe they might benefit from it. We do this by keeping costs low, for example, by working from our own premises.
We offer weekday daytime (between 10.00am and 3.00pm) and evening (between 6.30pm and 8.00pm) appointments as follows:
- Individual counselling is £40.00 for a 50-minute session
- An initial 50-minute consultation to help you decide if the service is right for you is £15.00
- We have a limited number of concessionary daytime sessions for counselling students, or people on benefits or low incomes
How counselling changed our lives
“Looking back now, I’d been feeling like crap for years. But I just thought, this is normal. This is what it means to be a
It took Jayne (not her real name) a while to realise what was wrong. “ I’d become more tearful and irritable, snapping at the kids
Even though Margaret (not her real name) knew her husband of 60 years was dying, when the end came, she was shocked to the core.
Therapy can be useful for anyone who wants to explore the way they are thinking, feeling or behaving. It helpful for anyone who has been hit by a big life event or traumatic experience – for example, bereavement, serious illness, abuse – or is struggling with relationship or other difficulties or facing a dilemma.
Each counselling sessions lasts for 50 minutes. You can choose to meet at the same time each week, every two weeks or even once a month. Some people benefit from just a few sessions. Others believe they need longer. Your individual needs and wants are what matters and you and your counsellor decide what works best for you both.
Sometimes, telling other people such as friends or family members what we are thinking or how we feel can lead them to react negatively towards us. They might avoid us or even stop talking to us. They might even judge us. They might not really want to listen to us. Or they will tell us what to do. We struggle on alone because we don’t want to ‘burden’ them with our problems. Working with a counsellor removes all these risks. You can speak freely, openly, honestly and in complete confidence to your counsellor. You will be heard, understood and accepted for who you are. And there are no strings attached. Once you finish your counselling, you do not have to see your counsellor again unless you choose to do so.
There’s no way of knowing for sure if you are ready to benefit from counselling. It’s no magic wand. It needs your time and commitment. It can sometimes be painful to bring difficult feelings and thoughts out in the open. It can also be really helpful to learn more about yourself. To help you decide if you’re ready, ask yourself, are you really ready to engage with counselling? Are you prepared to be open and honest about your thoughts and feelings? Can you commit your time to counselling?