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About Counselling

The aim of counselling is to help you develop skills to deal with your problems in a positive way.

Counselling involves exploring our feelings, beliefs, thoughts and relevant events, sometimes from childhood,  in a structured way with someone trained to help you do it safely.  It can help couples and individuals to gain insight into their difficulties or distress and enable you to find more appropriate ways of coping and bring about changes in your thinking, feelings and behaviour.

Counselling is an investment in yourself - and/or your relationship - to help you deal with your emotional distress. It can help to increase your confidence and cope with life's challenges.  You do not have to be in crisis to choose to have counselling, you may just be experiencing feelings of dissatisfaction with life.

In your first session you will have the opportunity to explain why you have come to counselling at this particular time in your life and to ask questions about how counselling can support you in your current difficulties. Counselling offers face-to-face sessions either on a long term or short term basis. A therapy session is a time set aside on agreed date at an agreed place, usually weekly and sessions last for 50 minutes.

Different therapeutic approaches are available to help you and may include elements of:

Solution focused brief therapy (SFBT)
dealing with a particular issue rather than dwelling on past problems

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
aiming to influence negative emotions and try out new ways of behaving and reacting

Psychodynamic psychotherapy
focussing on past experiences and childhood relationships

For more information on types of therapy go to:
www.psychotherapy.org.uk/different_types_of_psychotherapy.html  and
www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mentalhealthinfo/treatments/psychotherapies.aspx

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What will happen in the first session?

A. This is your opportunity to explain why you have come to counselling at this particular time in your life and to ask questions about counselling and how it will proceed. An agreement is made between you and your counsellor including number of sessions, confidentiality and cost.

Q. What is expected of me?

A. It is your responsibility to be available at the agreed appointment time. If you are unable to keep an appointment you will need to notify your counsellor at least 24 hours before the appointment time or the full fee will be charged.

Q. How do I end counselling before our agreed number of sessions?

A. There may be a need for you to terminate counselling before completion of the agreed number of sessions. It is helpful to discuss this with your counsellor so that an agreed ending can be achieved.

 
CONTACT
Heather Potter BSc Hons, Dip.NLP, UKCP, BACP
Tel: 07533 868110
Email: info@positive-pathways.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Positive Pathways are proud to

provide face to face and telephone counselling services for:

BUPA

Employee Assistance programmes - for private and public sector employees

GP Practices

Ministry of Defence

University Campus Suffolk

Local organisations' staff counselling schemes

 

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