Individual counselling

You will be offered up to six sessions of counselling with one of the Staff Counsellors for the opportunity to explore concerns and make sense of feelings and behaviours.

Advice

How counselling works

Counselling offers the opportunity to explore concerns and make sense of feelings and behaviours. Alongside the benefit of being heard, increasing insight can relieve distress and lead to more effective ways of handling life.

It can often be helpful to seek counselling when something is relatively minor rather than waiting until you feel at breaking point.

Issues that staff bring to counselling

Some typical concerns that staff bring to counselling:

  • managing change and transitions
  • relationship difficulties
  • depression
  • harassment and bullying
  • anxiety
  • bereavement or loss
  • stress which is interfering with the ability to function effectively at work or home
  • personal problems at home or work
  • alcohol or drug use

Initial meeting

An initial meeting with a counsellor is offered to clarify what you may need and to see how counselling may be useful. Your counsellor will explain how the Service works and tell you about confidentiality.

If both you and your counsellor feel that counselling will be useful, you will then be offered up to 6 sessions of ongoing counselling. If counselling does not seem to be the most useful way forward, your counsellor will help you to explore what other options might be available.

There will normally be a waiting period before ongoing counselling can begin but we will aim to give you some idea of how long this may be at the initial meeting.

Ongoing Counselling

You will be offered up to 6 sessions of counselling with one of the staff counsellors - this may not be the same counsellor you saw for your initial appointment.

You will be given the dates and times for all your appointments in advance to enable you to make the necessary arrangements in respect of time.


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