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What is counselling?
Counselling can be thought of as a unique type of relationship between a client and therapist. It can be helpful to unravel and better understand complex and difficult feelings. This can be in relation to what has happened in the past, what you are going through right now or just 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. During the journey we create together, your difficult or painful feelings can be brought into conscious awareness and explored whenever you feel able and ready to.
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.
A trusting counselling relationship can address these difficulties to better understand the part these issues play in our lives and the effects these can have on our relationships and mood. Therapy can help us to feel better equipped in our communications with others and the choices we make in life. Counselling gives you space away from your usual circumstances, to be supported to gather your thoughts and to ‘be’ rather than rushing to ‘do’.
Is it confidential?
We take confidentiality very seriously and do not disclose material to any other party. However, there are limits, in particular around a client’s safety to themselves or others’. For example, if we had concerns that a client or another person were at serious risk of harm, we would always aim to discuss any such issues together. We will require written permission to talk to anyone else about sessions, with the exception of clinical supervision. During your initial consultation and contracting, confidentiality will be clarified further and any questions you may have can be discussed either then or during the course of therapy.
Our service adheres to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapys’ Ethical Framework, to ensure that we are providing best practice.
How do we work?
What brings you to therapy will determine whether we work short-term or in open ended counselling. We can 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. We address not only the immediate symptoms you may bring to counselling but also we help 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 sessions feel 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 when you and your Counsellor can help make sense of the difficulties you may be experiencing.
It provides a regular time and space where you can talk through how you are feeling.
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 depends on a variety of factors, including the type of problem someone wants to work on and the type of solution being sought. Sessions are fifty minutes long and usually take place on the same day and time each week.
If you would like to learn more about the counselling process at Hart Counselling CIC please read the pages here about our counsellors which outlines their approach, qualifications and experience. However, if you prefer to talk this through, please telephone or email us. We aim to return all enquiries within 24 hours.
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 know 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.