With Fenland Counselling you are always in control.
We specialise in several counselling methods to ensure that we can tailor our service to you.
Counselling can help a great many people with a range of issues but all too often many people suffer in silence instead of seeking professional help. Fenland Counselling aims to make the process of seeking help as easy as possible by providing a home service to make life just that little bit easier when it’s at its hardest.
SO WHEN CAN COUNSELLING HELP?
Many people are unaware of the range of issues where counselling can help or whether or not it’s really for them. Some of the issues Fenland counselling can help you with include (but not limited to);
Anxiety (social anxiety, GAD, health anxiety)
Obsessive compulsive disorder
Eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia)
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Long term physical illnesses
Issues surrounding sexual identity
…and many other mental health problems and issues.
SO HOW EXACTLY DOES COUNSELLING HELP?
One of the most beneficial aspects of counselling is that it offers the opportunity to discuss what is going on in your life without any fear of judgement. Just the knowledge that you have the ability to air your thoughts and feelings with a compassionate ear every week or fortnight can be enough to release the stress of holding in your emotions and dealing with things on your own. Counselling is your time and as such it is an ideal opportunity to work through tough emotions and thoughts without any fear of argument or reprisals.
It is important to remember that during the course of your counselling you may naturally discuss issues and situations in your life that are upsetting or cause you distress to remember. Your counsellor is there to listen patiently and empathetically and can offer comfort to you if a session gets difficult. Often, it is these distressing memories issues or situations that might be causing you problems. Discussing them and how they have made you feel can help you make sense of your emotions.
Whilst some of your sessions may be difficult, ultimately you will learn to face the problems and begin to improve. However, a level of consistency is important in counselling and your commitment is key if your counselling is to be successful.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING A COUNSELLING SESSION?
There is no such thing as a typical counselling session as it can vary depending on the stage of counselling a client is at, and what issues are being faced. There are however some universal guidelines based on the code of conduct laid out by the counsellor’s professional body and by the counselling theories and methods they use.
With Fenland Counselling all counselling relationships would start with you having an introductory session in which you discuss with your counsellor the issues which have lead to you requesting the service. It is normal for your counsellor to take notes where necessary. This serves as an aid to memory and to keep a record of important information. Your counsellor will then describe to you the specifics and any limitations of their counselling , the recommended frequency and length of your sessions, what content they are likely to cover, the cost of your sessions and a little about themselves.
At the start of every counselling relationship with Fenland Counselling you will be given a contract to read through with the counsellor and to sign. These contracts are essential to ensure you understand the limitations of confidentiality and are giving informed consent. Naturally your counselling sessions are a confidential service but there are exceptional circumstances in which your counsellor may be forced to break this confidentiality and this will be explained to you and documented in your contract.
(examples of this are if your counsellor feels that you are in imminent danger of harming yourself or someone else, if there is a threat to terrorism or child protection laws, or if they are called as a witness in a court of law).
All counsellors will vary in their individual approach and Fenland Counselling is no different but where some counsellors like to come up with a plan for the course of your sessions, set goals or checkpoints for you to reach or set topics for each session, Fenland Counselling will let you decide what works best for you. During your introduction your counsellor will discuss exercises, topics, workbooks and homework from various counselling methodologies but it is you that will ultimately make the decision if, and when you wish to try them.
HOW CAN I GET COUNSELLING?
Fenland Counselling is a private practice which means that you have to pay for all your sessions with us. However, as we are a private practice our waiting times are significantly lower than those on the NHS and we offer a commitment to all our clients that we will endeavour to do what is best for you.
One element of this commitment to you is our exclusive home visit service, as this can make the whole experience of receiving counselling easier and more comfortable for you. Fenland Counselling also promises to refer you to another service if we believe it is in your best interest (obviously this will only ever be done with your prior approval). Fenland Counselling is not interested in keeping clients purely for financial gain and as such, if you would be better helped by another organisation then we would discuss this with you in an effort to ensure you receive the best possible treatment.
Unfortunately it has been the experience of many clients that have waited a very long time for funded counselling through the NHS only to be offered a short intervention which only scratches the surface of the problem and to find themselves to be left somewhat in limbo.