If you are feeling stressed, anxious or struggling to cope right now, this is completely understandable and you are not alone.
Covid-19 has unfortunately had a negative impact on our lives in a variety of ways. From coping with the "new normal" and anxieties around health and relationships to losing a loved one, taking on additional caring responsibilities or becoming unwell ourselves - everybody has been disrupted and affected in some way.
Because of this, we have seen a huge increase in demand for our services as people are reaching out, looking for somebody to speak to and help them to work through what they're facing. Counselling can be invaluable in times this like and it holds a space for you - a caring, private and non-judgemental space where you can just exist, be heard and then work towards approaching your issues when and if you feel ready.
What can counselling help with?
Your individual situation is entirely yours - your experience and feelings are valid, relevant and each of us needs the space somewhere, at some point to be heard - it's part of being human. But, in distressing times we have found that it can help to realise that you're not alone, in your experience or within seeking support. Our relationships with ourselves, one another and the impact of Covid-19 is a universally shared experience, although each individual situation will differ.
This means that there are organisations, like us, who are equipped to support whatever it is you are going through. We have nearly 40 years' experience working with people on their mental wellbeing and throughout Covid-19 and lockdown, we have supported many people just like you.
We've found that some of the common issues people are facing and finding counselling useful for are:
- Isolation and loneliness
- Stress and anxiety
- Existing or new caring responsibilities for family, friends or a partner
- The loss of a loved one - including people who aren't able to attend a funeral
- Struggles around not being able to visit those you love in hospital or care facilities
- Fears around the future - what it will look like and how you will cope
- Balancing finances in a turbulent time and worries about providing for yourself and others
- Relationship issues - arguments with a partner in lockdown, going through a break up or finding your feet in a new relationship
- Sex related challenges - change in desire or preferences, a lack of, or reliance on sex during lockdown
- Identity issues - questions around your lifestyle, your choices and what you want for your life
- Difficulties with work - work/life balance, increasing pressures, furlough, redundancy and relationships at work
With all of the above and more, we can help.
I can see my problems more clearly and just sharing them has made me feel a little lighter, which reduced my anxiety. I feel more confident tackling what's going on and I hope I can continue my sessions
What happens when I request an appointment?
The quickest way to book an appointment with us is through our online booking form.
A member of our team will then contact you to offer you an initial appointment, you'll be placed with a counsellor based on the availability you provide..
1. Initial Consultation
You will be offered an initial appointment to speak to an experienced counsellor. This is a one-off appointment to learn more about you, your situation and your needs to enable us to offer you the right support. Couples will see the counsellor via Zoom and individual can choose Zoom or a phone call.
2. Ongoing Sessions
Following your initial consultation, if you decide to have ongoing counselling with us, the reception team will be informed. We will look for an appointment to suit the requirements you provided and will contact you with an appointment to meet you requirements as soon as there is one available.
How soon can I get an appointment & how much does it cost?
How quickly you can begin counselling depends on your availability and our counsellor's availability. The more flexible you are in terms of days and times you are available, the sooner we will be able to book you in. If you are wanting an appointment at a time which is fairly popular, you will be placed on a waiting list and contacted when the appointment becomes available.
Whilst we run a wide range of specific projects which deliver free support, our counselling services outside of this have a cost attached. We aim in every instance to keep this as low as possible and it is designed to cover costs. As a non-profit, anything additional goes back into our pot to reduce the cost to those who are struggling to pay for any support at all.
You can read more about our pricing here and you can talk to our reception team if you need to about how this will work best for you.
Ready to book in? Request an appointment below.