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Working with a counsellor

What is counselling?

Counselling is a form of talking therapy with a strong evidence-base for people experiencing depression.  Depression can be caused by many different life events and situations, including grief and loss; relationship and interpersonal difficulties; low self-esteem; and difficulties in adjusting to changed circumstances. 

Counselling provides a caring and confidential environment where you can talk about the difficulty you have in order to understand it more clearly or to make changes. 

A Counsellor is trained to listen to you and help you deal with difficult thoughts and feelings you may have by trying to understand from your frame of reference.

Counselling will mainly focus on a particular goal or area that you would like to make sense of, or change; allowing you to reflect, validating feelings and experiences. 

What does it involve?

In the first session, you will work with your Counsellor to form a clear understanding of your difficulty and the impact it is having on your everyday life, as well as setting overall aims for your work together.  Before you start counselling it is helpful to think about the area that you would like to work on and any changes that you would like to make.

Counselling is generally for 6 sessions and each session lasts for 50 minutes. During these sessions we will ask you to complete some questionnaires for us to monitor your progress.

Due to the short term nature of the work Counsellors in the service are unable to work on childhood abuse; developmental issues; or complex mental health problems. 

How do I access this?

To ensure you access the right treatment the team will arrange an assessment screening appointment with you these usually take around 45 minutes and they are completed over the phone, to self-refer call 0300 302 13 13.