Hart Counselling CIC

FAQS and links

Counselling can be thought about as a unique type of relationship between a client and therapist.
It can be helpful to unravel and experience sometimes painful feelings in relation to what may have happened to us in our past, what we may be going through right now or to simply have some time to yourself in a warm, safe and confidential environment where you will be listened to and accepted without judgement.
Therapy unfolds in a gentle and accommodating way and moves at a pace that you, the client, decides. In the journey we create together, particularly difficult or painful subjects are brought into conscious awareness only when you are ready to do so.

  • Why do people seek counselling?
    Talking therapy can help with many issues such as -
    Abuse, Anger management, Attachment disorder, Bereavement, Depression, Family issues, Low self-confidence, Low self-esteem, Narcissistic personality disorder, relationship issues, Self-harm, Separation and divorce, Stress, Suicidal thoughts, Trauma, Work related stress and many others.

  • Is it confidential?
    Yes. We will require your written permission to talk to anyone else about your sessions. We take confidentiality very seriously and do not disclose material to any other party, other than in clinical supervision. All counsellors/psychotherapists are required to be in supervision and consult regularly with another counsellor/psychotherapist to review and enhance clinical work.
    Our practice is supervised by a more experienced therapist to ensure that we are providing you with the best therapy we possibly can.
    Your details will be discussed in supervisions but your identifying details (name, address etc.) are withheld.
    It must be borne in mind however, that there are limits to confidentiality. If we had concerns that you or another person were at risk of harm, we may seek to obtain additional input from other professionals. In each case, we always aim to discuss any such issues and agree a plan of action with the client, except in emergencies where we may need to take immediate action.

  • How do we work?
    What brings you to therapy will inform whether we work short-term or in open ended counselling, we offer both.
    Short term (6-12 sessions) can be helpful when looking at particular issues for example, stress at work, anxiety/panic attacks or relationship difficulties. Open-ended counselling can be helpful for some deeper rooted issues such as problems with low self-esteem, understanding depression or trauma linked to our past.
    Our style of working is supportive, collaborative and respectful and our task as your counsellor is to help you to see yourself more clearly and know yourself better. This means supporting you to unravel and make sense of what is troubling you, addressing not only the immediate symptoms that may bring you into counselling but also by helping you to understand and gain more control over underlying patterns in how you relate to yourself and other people.

  • What happens during the first session?
    Your first session will be a time for you to explore the issues that are bringing you into counselling.
    Although your counsellor will ask some questions, the aim will be to see if you can work together and if the counselling that is offered feels right for you. You and your counsellor will also think about whether short-term or open-ended feels right for you.

  • What can I expect from the counselling process?
    Beginning counselling can feel daunting so being prepared for what to expect maybe helpful.
    Counselling is your time and space in which you and your Counsellor can help make some sense of the difficulties that you may be experiencing.
    It provides a regular time and space where you can talk through how you are feeling.

  • Where do you work?
    Hart Counselling is located in private, comfortable therapy room within the popular village of Hook.
    Please contact us by e-mail or phone to arrange an initial assessment appointment.

  • How often are the sessions?
    We see individual clients at least once a week, and sometimes more often, either for an open-ended period of time or for an agreed number of sessions. This will depend on a variety of factors, including the type of problem someone wants to work on and the type of solution they are seeking. Sessions are fifty minutes long and usually take place on the same day and time each week.

  • Couples work:
    Couples are seen together and sometimes individually if it is deemed appropriate by your counsellor usually for an agreed number of sessions,
    but sometimes for an open-ended period of time. These sessions are 1 hour long.

  • What next?
    If you would like to learn more about the counselling process at Hart Counselling CIC please read the pages here about our counsellors, their approach, qualifications and experience. Or if you prefer to talk this through, please telephone or email us. We aim to return all enquiries within 24 hours.


  • Useful links

    Hart Counselling CIC is not a crisis service, this means we are not available 24hrs to provide immediate mental health support.
    Other services which might be useful to you are:

      Samaritans for support 24hrs a day, 365 days a year.
      Childline lots of support options and tools for those under 19 years old.
      BACP lists alternative counsellors and psychotherapists.
      YPI offer counselling in Basingstoke for young people and families.
      Relate provide couple and family support




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