What to expect from counselling
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Counselling can provide a positive way for you to explore and understand your feelings and emotions in a safe and confidential environment.
Everybody has different ways of coping. You may be experiencing stress, fear, disappointment, isolation or grief. Counselling can provide a positive way for you to explore and understand your feelings and emotions in a safe and confidential environment. If you want to make an appointment to see us, just call, text or email Jakin. Our counselling coordinator will take the call and arrange to see you for an initial assessment, at a time that suits you. At the assessment you can discuss what you are experiencing, how it affects you, and what your needs are.
The Coordinator will then match you with a counsellor or Support Worker with appropriate training and experience. From then on you will be seen by the same counsellor so that you don’t need to keep explaining yourself. Your sessions are face to face, for an hour each time and you will meet weekly, fortnightly or whatever works best for you and your counsellor.
If you don’t turn up for that initial appointment we will presume that you have changed your mind and won’t contact you. But please be assured that if you want to rearrange, just call or text again – the door is always open for you to come, when you are ready to go ahead.
You can come for a one off appointment or for several weeks or months and if you need longer, for as long as you need. If you find it hard to attend and cancel three or more sessions in a row we will have to ask you to go back on the waiting list until a time when you can regularly attend (in order that those on the waiting list who are anxious to get started get their chance).
We want to give you the best service so if you have any queries, just ask our Coordinator who’s always happy to help.
How we help
OUR COUNSELLORS ARE NEUTRAL
We are able to offer completely impartial information and counselling, because we do not perform or refer for termination (only Doctors and Health/Medical Centres can refer women for medical or surgical procedures.) We offer emotional support and information – including the contact details of a medical centre near you.
OUR SERVICE IS FREE & CONFIDENTIAL
We don’t charge for our service so that anybody can get counselling in pregnancy matters. We aim to offer a safe place to talk freely and confidentially, whatever your circumstances, race, age, sex, beliefs, religion, culture, or background. We work in accordance with the code of ethics of BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) and the ACC (Association of Christian Counsellors).
WE'LL HELP YOU FIND YOUR BEST OPTION
We can give you information on all the possible options plus open up the way for further support so you can benefit from all that is available. This includes the contact details of medical centres if you choose to terminate your pregnancy, but do not want to go to your own doctor for a referral. All our counsellors and support workers have been specifically trained in Pregnancy Choices.