What is it?
People can choose to come for counselling for a variety of reasons. You may be experiencing feelings of sadness, anger, fear or helplessness after a major life event such as job changes, breaking up with a partner or a bereavement. You may have noticed that you are repeating patterns of behaviour or relationship which are maintaining these feelings and preventing you from moving forwards.
Counselling offers you the space to talk about and explore past difficulties and uncomfortable feelings which are impacting on you and your mood. Counselling is not a befriending or listening service: our service offers brief and focussed counselling to support you with a particular difficulty. The aim is to support you to develop greater understanding of the past and the choices you have in your current situation to improve your mood and feelings.
Why do we do it?
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) describes counselling as a “systematic process which gives individuals an opportunity to explore, discover and clarify ways of living more resourcefully, with a great sense of wellbeing.”
It can provide an opportunity to discuss and work with a particular issue, often focusing on how and why previous experiences have an impact on current difficulties. Understanding all this can help people make positive changes by thinking or acting differently. Counselling can help people to take greater control of their lives and improve their confidence and helps people with emotional or relationship difficulties handle the pressures of particular life changes.
Who is it for?
Counselling is recommended for those individuals who feel that past events are impacting on their current mood.
Our counselling is suitable for people who are:
- Able to think about and reflect on past events and themselves
- Motivated and willing to engage with therapy at this time
- In stable circumstances to explore emotional difficulties without becoming overwhelmed
- Happy to attend short term counselling
What does it involve?
Counselling involves meeting with a specially trained therapist face to face, in a course of around eight sessions. These sessions usually last around fifty minutes and are generally spread across a number of weeks.
It allows you time to open up and explore a particular difficulty you are experiencing in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Our experienced counsellors are trained to listen to you with respect, and provide support and empathy throughout the sessions. Counsellors do not give advice but encourage you to focus on a particular issue, reflect and develop your own insight and understanding of this issue.
What is required?
- Commitment to attending sessions
- Feel ready to talk about uncomfortable feelings and problems
- Ability to set limited achievable goals to work on during treatment
If you think that Counselling could help you with your current difficulties, talk to your GP or self refer to the service on 0203 228 1350.