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What is Counselling 

 

Counselling, also known as talking therapies, is an opportunity to talk about difficult issues and situations, exploring your thoughts and feelings about them in a safe and confidential environment, with a trained professional who will listen in an accepting and non-judgmental way.

Counselling allows you to look at those areas in your life that are causing you distress, recognise how to manage the distress internally and what external support you may need. The counsellor will not give you advice, or act for you, but may suggest other sources of professional help.

We offer a number of different types of talking therapies, including Person-Centred Counselling, Relational and Psychotherapeutic approaches, Gestalt, Humanistic-Integrative, Solution-Focused, CBT, Transactional Analysis and creative therapies. 

The types of issues that clients typically bring to counselling include:

Anger

Anxiety/stress

Bereavement/loss

Depression

Disability/Chronic Ill-health

Relationships

Sexuality

Significant Life Changes

Work-related Stress

However, counselling is not considered suitable for everyone. To ensure we can provide you the support you need we aim to provide clients with an initial assessment appointment within 28 days of receiving a referral.

 

Confidentiality in Counselling

Confidentiality in counselling creates a space where the client can explore sensitive topics in the knowledge that the counsellor will not repeat what clients say unless there are exceptional circumstances. For the counsellor, maintaining confidentiality within certain limitations is an ethical responsibility, and it is part of what makes counselling different from other relationships.
​Community Counselling will only break confidentiality if:  

 

  •  The client gives consent in writing for the confidence to be broken

  • Community Counselling is compelled by a court of law or in order to safeguard a child

  • Information relates to the prevention or detection of serious crime

  • The client is a danger to him/herself or to others, or where someone else is believed to be at risk of serious harm

Community Counselling have a Confidentiality Policy which we can share with clients