What is Counselling?
When we experience difficult feelings it helps to speak with somebody to process what we are thinking and feeling. We tend to speak with a friend or a family member, but in doing so we may feel like we are burdening them with our problems and then feel unable to speak with them. It can also be difficult to speak with our partner also about what we are experiencing as it may upset them or be about them.
Counselling is a talking therapy which allows you to speak with another in a confidential and non judgemental way. In counselling you will be speaking with somebody on a neutral level, who doesn't know you and who won’t judge you or tell you what is best for you. Counselling is about offering support and enabling you to find your own answers and solutions to your questions. A counsellor is there to help you to talk about what is bothering you, to work with you to understand why you feel how you do and how best to manage your experiences.
What happens in counselling sessions?
Within all the initial assessments we will read together the counsellor and client Counselling Contract and sign this document together. I will answer any questions or worries you may have about counselling together and then we will begin looking at what brings you to counselling. Together we will focus on you and your current life and what life is like for you. We will then begin to look at what has brought you to counselling and what you wish to get from our work together.
After the initial assessment if you chose to attend counselling we will then meet every week or fortnightly and will carry on speaking together regarding your thoughts and feelings. We will work together to find the course of these feelings and look at ways to manage or move forward from them. The sessions will go at your pace and we will focus on what you wish to bring to each session to work on.
How does counselling help?
Counselling helps a person to process what is happening and how they are feeling about an experience. Just having a safe space and an unbiased person to speak with sometimes is what is needed to make changes happen and for you to start feeling better and back in control of life. Counselling can help you to understand yourself better and help you to learn why you feel how you do about your difficulties. Within your initial assessment this question can be explored so you to have a clear understanding how counselling will help you.
Why do people go into counselling?
People attend counselling for many different reasons, including :-
- Low mood or depression
- Anxiety or stress
- Relationship difficulties
- Family difficulties
- Abuse or rape in adulthood or past childhood
- Mental Health difficulties
- Self esteem or body image difficulties
- Eating disorders
How often do I need to attend counselling sessions and how many appointments will I need?
You can attend counselling appointments every week or fortnightly. It is hard to say how many sessions you will need due to everybody being different and dealing with their difficulties in a different way. We will review our work as the sessions progress which will help us view what you wish to work further on and what other areas we need to give time too.
What if I become really upset in a counselling session?
It is fine to become upset in a counselling session. We will be working on areas of your life which you do find difficult and emotional. Crying and letting out tears is an important part of showing yourself compassion and will help you towards letting go of your hurt and pain. Tears are welcome in all of our counselling sessions together.
Can I bring a family member or a friend with me to my sessions?
Yes, you can bring a friend or family member to our initial assessment, but I ask that they attend for only the first 10 minutes as we complete the counsellor and client counselling contract, but would then ask if they can wait in our waiting room. At all of Morgan Walker Counselling practise locations there is a waiting room for a friend or family member to wait for you. It is best that friends and family don’t attend in the counselling appointments as I want to give all my focus for you.
*with couples counselling the couple need to attend all counselling appointments together.
What is the BACP and their ethical framework?
The BACP is The British Association for Counselling & psychotherapies are a professional body and a registered charity that sets standards for therapeutic practice and provides information for therapists, clients of therapy, and the public.
The BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy is the ethical code for counsellors, trainers, and supervisors within the counselling & psychotherapy field, which is also applicable to counselling & psychotherapy research, the use of counselling skills, and the management of counselling services within organisations and agencies. The ethical framework sets out to offer support and guidance on good practice in counselling and psychotherapy, the ethical principles of counselling and psychotherapy, the personal moral qualities of a counsellor and psychotherapist along with a professional conduct procedure of a counsellor and psychotherapist. For more information on the BACP please visit their website or download there Ethical Framework from here.
How do I make an appointment or get more information?
There are many ways in which you can make an appointment with Morgan Walker Counselling or contact us for more information. To make an appointment, please visit the make an appointment or contact page on the website and enter your details on the online forms and I will contact you back shortly. Alternatively you can email Kirsty Walker on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 07815442999.
These are a few questions you may have regarding counselling, but if you have any others, please don't hesitate to contact me.