Monday & Thursday
Your doctor may refer you one of our counsellors Lynne Bargewell. They will send you details as soon as they can offer you an appointment. If you cannot keep an appointment or have any general queries please contact Lynne Heseltine, Practice Secretary.
Why come to see a counsellor?
Counselling can help you deal with the problems and difficulties you are experiencing in your life. You may be living with feelings or thoughts that are causing concern or interfering with everyday life. You may have a problem that is worrying you and feel unable to talk about it to friends or family. Some people come because they are having trouble coping with the loss of a friend or relative. There are many reasons for seeing a counsellor and your doctor will only suggest counselling if they think that it may help you.
What will happen?
When you first meet the counsellor she will explain to you what you can expect from the Counselling Service. This session lasts on average about 30 minutes. She will talk to you about confidentiality, how she works and the number of sessions available. You will be able to talk to her and tell her about the difficulties that you are experiencing. If you both decide that counselling is the best way forward for you she will set up a contract with you for up to 8 sessions.
The counselling sessions last 50 minutes and will happen on a weekly or fortnightly basis. During the session the Counsellor will encourage you to explore your own experience. She will offer you the time and space to do that trying to create an environment where you feel safe and accepted. She will spend some time looking at exactly what it is that you hope to achieve from counselling. She will not tell you what she thinks you should do, instead she will support you in finding your own answers to the problem. Her training has provided her with certain skills that may enable you to do this better or quicker than you could on your own. Unfortunately there are no miracle cures, it will be you doing the work, and unless you are prepared for this nothing much can change.
How long does it take to work?
Some people notice a difference in just a few sessions. For others it can take longer as trust needs to be built. Sometimes you may feel upset or vulnerable during or after the sessions, this can just be part of the process. Counselling can not solve all problems and sometimes it is not the most suitable form of help. If this is the case your counsellor may be able to discuss other options with you.
About your Counsellor.
Our counsellor is called Lynne. She trained at Durham University and qualified with an MA in Counselling.
The way she works will depend on the goal and the needs that you bring with you to counselling. Lynne is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. She follows the B.A.C.P. Code of Ethics and Practice. If you require further information about Counselling you can contact them at:
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
15 St John’s Business Park
Tel. 01455 883 300
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