Counselling

Counselling falls under the umbrella term ‘talking therapies’ – it allows people to discuss their problems and any difficult feelings they encounter in a safe and confidential environment. Counselling can mean different things to different people, but in general it is a process that people seek when they want to change something in their lives, or simply explore their thoughts and feelings.
The Hub’s Counsellor who will encourage you (at your own pace) to talk about what’s bothering you and the possible reasons behind it, as well as helping you to process how you think and your perception of specific situations that might be bothering you.
Counselling does not come in a ‘one size fits all’ format and each session will be guided by you and your therapist will help you to develop your own self-awareness. There are a variety of ways to access counselling:
  • Face-to-face – This is when you make an appointment with a Counsellor to see them in person.
  • Telephone Counselling – This form of counselling can be particularly useful for those too busy to attend face-to-face sessions and can be carried out in the comfort of your own home.
  • Online Counselling – Some people prefer not to physically speak to a Counsellor at all, utilising technology and emailing their Counsellor instead. This form of counselling allows you to take the time to think through what you wish to discuss.

We promotes meeting her clients on a face to face basis , as this helps to form a working relationship and achieve better results.

Talking therapies is considered an umbrella term but counselling can involve the use of art and image. This can be a powerful way, if at times, it is difficult to find the right words.

6-25 years old may at times want to explore difficult events in their life, at the Hub we provide a safe and confidential space for a child or young person to express those feelings.

Perhaps you’re a parent or carer that is worried and looking for support for your child? Nicola provides one to one support and has used her knowledge to help primary and secondary schools across the borough.
Nicola is a registered member of The British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and, as such, is committed to working to their standards of ethical practice.

Counselling can be useful for anyone who wants to explore the way they’re thinking or feelings further. People may choose to speak to a Counsellor because they feel they cannot speak to their other half/friends/family about personal issues, or they may simply wish to speak to a professional with an objective viewpoint. How many times have we been to the local shops, the barbers, the hairdresser and found it easier and more refreshing to speak to them, then you do with the people closest to you? Counselling is similar to this but in a planned environment. Common areas addressed within counselling include (but not limited to):
  • Addictions
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Illness
  • Mental Health
  • Relationships
  • Physical and/or Emotional Abuse
  • Trauma
Feelings of stress, anxiety and low self-esteem are common in today’s society. Counselling can offer practical advice to help address and overcome these kinds of feelings, as well as allowing you the space to vent your frustrations and feelings in a safe way.

In life, what we say to others can sometimes have a knock-on effect, altering relationships and the way people see each other. Counselling offers you the space and freedom to explore your own thoughts with an unbiased party.

Whilst Counsellors may not give you concrete advice or a checklist of things to do to feel better, what they will do is help you to uncover your own insight and understanding of your problems providing you with the right tools to resolve them on your own.

Counselling is a journey, and it takes time and consistency to work effectively. Because of this, many people opt for regular counselling sessions to make the most of the process and to build on each session.

We provide a person-centred Counsellor that would also describe herself as integrative Counsellor. This simply means effectively using the different models, theories and tools of counselling, one such model is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, (CBT).

CBT helps people to restructure their thinking process. It is widely believed that the way we think often changes our behaviour. CBT works to address any irregular ways of thinking that may be occurring – aiming to replace them with healthier, more positive thought patterns. It focuses on breaking down problems to manageable sizes and looking at whether there is any truth behind these thoughts.

If you have decided to try Counselling, you might be feeling anxious about your first session, but please do not be. Making the decision to get help and address the issues you are facing is a huge first step and something to be very proud of.

Some questions your Counsellor may ask include:

  • Why are you seeking counselling?
  • What is your current situation and personal history?– It is important to let your Counsellor know your current situation, this includes any day-to-day issues you are facing with your work and home life. Discussing your personal history will give your Counsellor a chance to understand more about you as a person.
  • What symptoms are you experiencing?– These can be physical or psychological or both. It is advised that you be honest and open when answering these questions in order to get the most out of your counselling sessions.

During your counselling experience you should aim to build a trusting relationship with your Counsellor so that you feel safe and confident discussing your worries. Thecounsellor is not there to judge, or make any prejudgement. They are there to help you and are on your side.

01. What type of Counselling do you provide and which is best for me?
I offer two types of counselling.I mainly provide open ended counselling, a therapy which is at your own pace. This will allow you time and space to gradually develop insight into the root cause of your concerns. You can continue in therapy for as long as you want, which can rangefrom months to years. The second type of counselling is short term counselling is a good step for people who do not want to make a long commitment or have a particular issue to work with such as a relationship difficulty. It is often used by people who have had counselling in the past and want to return to work on a particular issue. Short term counselling is usually from 6 to 20 weeks, we can agree the issues that need to be worked on and set aims for the sessions.
02. How long will I have to wait for an appointment?
My aim is to offer you a first appointment, known as an assessment session within 48 hours of your first call. After this your counselling sessions will begin and the follow-up appointment will be within a week.
03. What is an assessment appointment?
The first session of any counselling is an assessment which lasts for around an hour.During this time, I will ask you certain questions about you and your life. This information helps me to make an initial assessment of your circumstance and give me insight into how I might be able to help you. At this point if you I feel I would not be able to help you, then I shall let you know and recommend you to someone that would be better suited.
04. Will the Counsellor give me advice?
I do not give you advice, or tell you what to do or judge you in any way. The aim of counselling is to help you come to your own decisions, only you know how you feel in any given situation. I will sum up my understanding of what you have been saying so that I can help you to form a plan of action.
05. Can I have counselling even though I’m not in crisis?
You do not have to be in crisis or on the verge of one before choosing to see a counsellor. Take the first step by contacting a counsellor to see how counselling can help you. If you are currently struggling with a particular issue in your life, call me and we can have a conversation to see how I could help you.
06. What can I talk about?
Before coming in for your first session, it may be helpful to write down your reasons for seeking help. This will help you to describe your feelings easier and more comfortably.You can talk about anything that is on your mind, however large or smallyou think your problem is. You might find yourself saying things you had not expected to say. I am there to help you explore your circumstances.
07. What’s the difference between talking to a friend and talking to a Counsellor?
It is very important to talk about your feeling, talking to your family and trusted friendscan be helpful. I would always encourage you to use family and friends for support. However, there are some disadvantages to using family and friends as your only confidants and support.Family and friends could feel a conflict of loyalty and find it hard to keep things confidential and may also find it difficult to be objective. What you are telling them could upset them and more so if you don’t accept their advice.As a trained Counsellor I am able to offer you formal support and work with you in a structured way which helps you to deal with upsetting and difficult situations; friends may begin to feel overburdened, especially if they have their own problems too.
Counselling
£ 60
First Session
  • Follow up sessions – £45

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