- Anxiety and stress
- Bereavement and loss
- Carer responsibilities
- Eating disorders
- Health issues
- Major life changes
- Redundancy and work issues
- Relationship difficulties
We will discuss what counselling is, and availability. You will be sent some forms to complete prior to our first session. During the first session the counsellor will ask questions about you and your life; it is an opportunity for both parties to establish if they feel comfortable working together.
Sessions last 50 minutes
Counselling is not about giving advice or making a judgement. The aim of counselling is to help you come to your own decision(s), you are the expert in your own life; with the support of the counsellor you will enter into an awareness of your own processes. I will check in within you frequently to ensure that I understand what you said.
You do not have to be in crisis or on the verge of one before choosing to have counselling. Please contact me to see how counselling can help you if you are struggling with overcoming a particular area in your life.
Before your first session, you may find it helpful to prepare in your mind why you are seeking support, it may make you feel more comfortable describing your feelings when we meet. You can talk about anything that is on your mind however large or small you may think the problem is, you may be surprised by what you say.
Talking to friend can be helpful and counsellors often encourage clients to use the support of their family and friends. However, sometimes family and friends could feel conflicted if there is an issue of loyalty and may find it difficult to keep confidentiality. They may become upset by what you are telling them, and become upset if you do not take their advice.
Counsellors’ training means that they have formal support and a work structure which helps them deal with upsetting and difficult situations. A counsellor can ensure that you are supported in a non-judgemental and safe environment where you are completely free to say exactly what you feel.
It is important that you commit to the counselling sessions, and that they take priority. However, life is not straight forward and things do occur, the cancellation policy is 24 hours to allow me to make alternative arrangements. If less than 24 hours cancellation notice is given, you will have to pay the full value of the session.
Sessions cost £50 and are payable in advance via a BACS transfer. If the session is not paid for 24 hours in advance then it will be assumed that the session is forfeited. This will always be in consultation with the client.
As already mentioned, counsellors have a formal work structure whereby they are in supervision. Supervision means that the counsellor will speak to another counsellor about emerging themes from the session. The client remains unidentifiable within supervision.
There are times when confidentiality will be broken; in cases of safeguarding of a minor / vulnerable person, human trafficking and acts of terrorism.
- They have recognised academic qualification
- That they adhere to a professional code of conduct
- That they have regular ongoing supervision to ensure safe and ethical practice
- That they discuss certain issues with you at the start of counselling journey together
- Their counselling approach
- Length of session
- Their responsibility to you
- Your responsibility to them
Making Connections Ltd adheres to the BACP ethical framework for counsellors and physiotherapists which can found in the following link