Counselling is an opportunity to explore and understand your feelings, concerns and thoughts. A professional, qualified counsellor can offer a safe space to explore what you are experiencing, which helps you to gain better understanding or insight into this. Your counsellor isn’t there to advise or diagnose, but to give you space and understanding to help you to make your next step.
People may access counselling for a wide range of reasons. For example, it may be following challenging life circumstances such as bereavement or ill health, or simply because of changes in mood that appear unexplained.
There are many different types of counselling. Here at Appetite for Wellbeing, our counsellor has a primarily person-centred background and training. This means that the focus is in working with you to help you find your own way forward.
FAQs about Counselling
How do I know if I need counselling?
Counselling is one possible solution or treatment for a number of difficulties. Only you can decide if you would like to try counselling. If you feel like it may be of help, there is no obligation to attend a set number of sessions, and the initial session can be an opportunity for you to find out more about what you feel about it.
How many sessions will I need?
This will be different for every person, but it will be your choice. We will regularly review how you feel sessions are going and decide on future ones.
Who will be told that I’m attending counselling?
As this is Private Counselling, your GP or other Health Professionals will NOT be made aware of you accessing (except in specific circumstances around safeguarding and law, which will be discussed in your first session), unless you wish for them to be informed.
Can I trust that my information is not shared?
Yes, counselling is confidential, so nothing that you talk about will be shared with anybody else. Our counsellor is a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and in keeping with the BACP ethical framework, must respect the boundaries of confidentiality. Exceptions to this exist in terms of safeguarding and the law which will be discussed in your first session.
Where can I find out more about counselling?
The BACP website has more information about counselling.
I need to speak with someone now. Where can I find additional support?
If you need to talk to someone urgently, there are services that can provide 24/7 support, including the Samaritans. If you need urgent support to stay safe, more information can be found on the NHS website.
Booking an appointment
Contact us if you’d like to discuss your needs or book an appointment.
You can self-refer by text, phone or email. If you’d like to have a chat on the phone before you decide whether to book an appointment then you’re welcome to do that too, so that you can ask any questions you might have.
- Appointments of 1 hour: £40.00
- Initial appointment of 30 minutes if preferred: £25.00
- Appointment for couples counselling: £50.00