Counselling

If you have been affected by your caring role you may benefit from our counselling service.

Counselling

If you are a carer or have been a carer, you may experience many emotions – anxiety, guilt, sadness, fear, anger, to name just a few. Counselling can help you work through these emotions in a safe, confidential environment.

The type of counselling we offer is called ‘person centred.’ The counsellor will gently encourage you to talk about what’s going on for you and help you identify how to change or manage things in a different way going forward.  A counsellor does not give direct advice or opinions.

How do I access counselling?

Our counsellors offer face to face counselling in Bedford and Biggleswade, phone counselling or video link sessions using Zoom

We offer counselling to carers aged 11+ and can also support former carers.

How many sessions do I need?

Counselling is a process, and it takes time and consistency to work effectively.   We offer an average of eight sessions initially but your counsellor will review this with you around the sixth session.  If they feel that additional sessions would be advisable, the counsellor can offer up to 16 sessions.

Who are the counsellors?

All counsellors are members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and follow its code of ethics.

All our counsellors receive external monthly supervision and/or group supervision from Carers in Bedfordshire.

How much does counselling cost?

We charge £25 per session.

Most carers apply for a Carers Grant to pay for sessions. For help to complete the grant form speak to your support worker or the counselling coordinator. We would recommend applying for £300 which would allow you to have up to 12 sessions

What to do next?

Contact our counselling co-ordinator on 0300 111 1919 or email counselling@carersinbeds.org.uk