You are not alone. Whether you are struggling with your mental health or dealing with a difficult life event, our counsellors at Counselling in the Community are here to listen.
You will be supported with openly sharing your thoughts and emotions, with the aim of finding your own solutions. Please be assured that all the information you share will be in a non-judgemental space and treated in a confidential manner.
At Counselling in the Community,we mostly use person-centred therapy. You will be encouraged to bring your own issues to the session and you have the freedom to direct the conversation. This type of therapy aims to equip you with the tools to manage both current and future problems making you become more aware of your own needs and actions, leading to achieving independence and trust in your own decision making.
We also offer other types of therapy such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). This is based on the premise that psychological issues are caused by negative or harmful processing of thoughts and our ‘learned’ patterns of behaviour. CBT works with the client to unlearn the harmful thoughts and behaviours and then learn new ways of processing our thoughts.
A counselling session usually lasts around 50 minutes.
In a session you will be encouraged to bring and talk about your own issues, the counselling is client led and it is your time to talk about anything you wish. In that time, the counsellor will help you to explore your own issues, feelings, beliefs, behaviour, and views. This will help you become more aware of your own needs and actions, leading to achieving independence and trust in your own decision making.
Our counsellor’s, working in a Person Centred way, will never lead or give you advice but by talking through your own issues, your self-confidence builds and this will help you realise that you always have options. Your counsellor will see you as the expert on yourself, as no-one else knows exactly what it’s like to be you.
A trusting, therapeutic relationship is built between you and the counsellor and they will not give judgement on whatever you choose to bring to sessions. This relationship means that you can feel free and supported to disclose whatever is troubling you. Eventually you discover your own abilities to act on your own values and interests, so that you can cope with current and future problems.