What is counselling for?
Counselling allows you to have the freedom to speak openly and safely, expressing deep feelings, emotions, concerns and truths without being judged.
In therapy the Counsellors role is not about telling you what to do. Only you have the right and power to take ownership of yourself, so the Counsellor is there to encourage objectivity, help you discover your own peace of mind, clarity or acceptance and when needed to support you with helping you find coping mechanisms, solutions and new ways of thinking.
Counselling can be useful to explore both past and present issues and blocks, even if it feels so confusing you are not sure where to start, its ok as you and your Counsellor will work that out together.
It is quite normal to experience times in our lives when we feel worried, confused, depressed, isolated, angry, low self- worth or anxious.
This can be caused through personal, family, relationships, lifestyle or work or environmental issues both past and present, or concerns about the future.
There are also times when it is difficult to identify why or where these unhelpful or worrying feelings are coming from.
Sometimes during therapy sessions you may feel worse before you get better, which is perfectly normal as you progress on your journey. This means you are working well towards your goal and these difficult feelings may occur as you learn to challenge or face them, with the support of your therapist. This also means you can begin to understand these feelings, deal with them or let go of them.
If nothing changes, then nothing changes, but if you want change then there is a strong certainty it will happen for you.
Counselling can lead to an increased overall well-being, self-awareness, confidence, motivation and a greater understanding of difficulties and relationships and acceptance of difficult situations.
It is best to check that a Counsellor or Therapist belongs to a recognised governing body such as the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) as this ensures that they meet the required professional criteria.
All you need to do is talk.
Why an initial assessment?
Seeking therapy and contacting a Counsellor for the first time can be a big step to take and may sometimes be confusing or daunting finding one that you feel will suit you best. Arranging an initial assessment is a great way to help you make that decision.
It is fully understandable that you could feel uncomfortable, nervous or anxious about coming to your first therapy session (or even making that first contact by phone or email) as at that initial stage the therapist is a stranger who you may share personal thoughts, feelings and experiences with.
That’s why an Initial Assessment is so helpful, to support you through the process, as below:
* Give you a safe place to talk about why you feel you need help.
*It will help identify your main issues and concerns.
*Help give you an understanding and reassurance of how counselling works, what is expected from you and how the Counsellor works.
*The Counsellor will explain what happens in a counselling session.
*Answer any questions you may have.
*The Counsellor will also assess their own professional areas of expertise to ensure that they are the correct therapist for you too, and if not will be able to refer you to another Counsellor if required (this could be either the main issue is not one they work with, or a conflict of interest such as they may have a personal association or know someone connected to you. Events such as these are rare and if this occurs your best interests are priority for the Counsellor).
*This will also involve actual therapy as well as some confidential fact finding and a general overview.
*Duration: 50 minutes
Once you have had your initial assessment you may like to ask yourself the following questions to help you make next best step.
You can make this decision at the end of the Initial Assessment or choose to reflect and give yourself some time to think it through – either way is fine. It must always be what feels right for you.
At Mindsoup Counselling Service each individual session is a total of 50 minutes. (Please allow one hour in total).
There is no actual limit to the amount of sessions as this depends on you and your needs, what you want to bring to the therapy sessions and your personal journey.
Your progress and needs will be regularly reviewed together, as therapy can be long or short term, intermittent or regular.
As always it totally depends what is best for you and please be assured that at Mindsoup you will be counselled in an environment that is safe, professional, confidential, non-judgmental and supportive.
If you feel you would like to contact Mindsoup Counselling Service, to make an appointment or discuss any questions about counselling then please phone, email or text – whichever is the most comfortable for you?
To contact Mindsoup to arrange a confidential Initial Assessment, Counselling Sessions, Counselling Supervision and Corporate training please click here for the Contact Mindsoup.