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Counselling - giving you space to improve your wellbeing.

If you are a carer or have been a carer, you may be experiencing many different emotions.  Counselling can help you work through these emotions, allowing you time and space to concentrate on your emotions. 

The term “counselling” can mean different things to different people, but in general it is a process people seek when they want to make changes in their life or simply explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth.  Counselling allows people to discuss their problems and difficult feelings they experience in a safe, confidential environment.

A counsellor is not there to tell you what to do or give you advice.  They will encourage you to talk about what's bothering you in order to uncover any root causes and identify your specific ways of thinking. 

If you are a carer or have been a carer, you may be experiencing many different emotions.  Counselling can help you work through these emotions, allowing you time and space to concentrate on your emotions. 

The term “counselling” can mean different things to different people, but in general it is a process people seek when they want to make changes in their life or simply explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth.  Counselling allows people to discuss their problems and difficult feelings they experience in a safe, confidential environment.

A counsellor is not there to tell you what to do or give you advice.  They will encourage you to talk about what's bothering you in order to uncover any root causes and identify your specific ways of thinking. 

How can counselling benefit me?

If you are a carer or have been a carer, you may be experiencing many different emotions. Stress, anxiety, guilt, bereavement, trauma, loss – to name just a few. Counselling can help you work through these emotions, allowing you time and space to concentrate on your emotions. 

Counselling can be useful for anyone who wants to explore the way they are thinking or feeling. It can also help anyone experiencing a problem or issue they are keen to resolve.

The way counselling can help will depend on you, as an individual. For many, the fact that counselling offers a safe and confidential environment where we can talk is all it takes. Often, we find it difficult to confide in those closest to us, feeling we have nowhere to turn, we can end up hiding feelings deep inside causing us distress and pain. Counselling offers you the space and freedom to explore your own thoughts with another person who will not judge you and is not part of your situation.

Counselling can help you understand yourself better and the way you think, which will ultimately help you develop a clearer understanding of your problems. The more information you have, the easier it becomes to gradually find your way through difficulties you are facing so that eventually you can come out the other side feeling more positive.

Our counsellors believe that we all have the ability to emotionally grow. However, through experiences and situations we encounter in life, this growth can become distorted, inhibited or even change into something destructive. You will be able to explore your situation or experience together, with your counsellor. Giving you the opportunity to rediscover or find your ability to grow.

What should I expect?

When it comes to counselling there are a range of different approaches.  The type of counselling Carers in Bedfordshire offer is called Person Centred Therapy.  Person Centred Therapy is the type of counselling that is most in tune with the issues that carers may face.  Allowing you time and space to explore your emotions

If you have decided to try counselling, you might be feeling anxious about your first session. Making the decision to get help and address the issues you are facing is an important first step.

In your first session your counsellor may ask you some questions in order to gain an understanding of what it is you are struggling with.   It is advised that you try to be honest and open when answering these questions in order to get the most out of your counselling sessions.

During your counselling experience you should aim to build a trusting relationship with your counsellor so that you feel safe and confident discussing your worries.  If for any reason you do not feel comfortable with your counsellor speak with your support worker or the counselling coordinator.

Some sessions will feel more helpful than others, but it is important to realise that everything your counsellor is doing is designed to help you in the long run, even if it doesn't feel like it in the beginning.

It is also worth remembering that counselling is not a quick fix and that your counsellor will not be able to tell you what to do. The counselling process requires a strong relationship between you and your counsellor and a degree of effort on your part.

How many sessions do I need?

Counselling is a journey, and it takes time and consistency to work effectively.  To make full use of the sessions it is recommended that you attend them regularly. We offer 8 sessions initially which will be reviewed with your counsellor at around the 6th session.  If it is felt that additional sessions would be advisable the counsellor may offer up to 16 sessions.

Who are the counsellors?

Our counsellors are all volunteers who give up their time to support carers.  Our counselling volunteer team are a mix of fully qualified and student counsellors on placement.  The counselling co-ordinator will help you decide who would be the best person for you to work with.  A short initial assessment will take place, to make sure that person centred counselling is the right therapy for you and to ensure we are matching you with the right person. 

All counsellors are members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere by their code of ethics All volunteer counsellors receive external supervision and/or group supervision from Carers in Bedfordshire.

Is there a long wait?

Generally speaking, no. However, this will depend on your own flexibility as our volunteer counsellors are only able to offer short periods of time during the week.  Please note that we are unable to offer counselling outside of normal working hours.

How much does counselling cost?

From 1st January 2020 our counselling sessions will be charged at £25 per session. If you would like to apply for a Carers Grant to pay for your sessions please download a form here.  For assistance completing the form please speak to your support worker or the counselling co-ordinator.  Once you have received confirmation of your grant, speak to the counselling co-ordinator to arrange an initial assessment.

If you wish to pay for your sessions yourself, please speak to the counselling co-ordinator who will arrange an initial assessment.

What to do next

We offer counselling to carers aged 18 or over. 

If you think that counselling may be helpful to you please speak to either your support worker or the counselling co-ordinator.  Our counselling co-ordinator can be contacted on 0300 111 1919 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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