Counselling offers a non-judgemental and safe space for you to talk about the difficulties you are experiencing and to explore your potential for personal change and growth.
Your counsellor is professionally trained to listen to you sensitively and with an open mind. They are non-judgemental and work in accordance with the COSCA Ethical Framework which can be viewed on our website.
Your counsellor will work together with you in a way that respects your autonomy while helping you to make decisions and find solutions that are congruent with your own values. A counsellor is not there to offer “advice” or a “quick fix” but to help you grow in awareness of your own inner resources and strengths allowing you to cope more effectively with difficult feelings, people and situations.
All of our counsellors are qualified or in the final portion of their training.
How many sessions will I have?
At PCC(S) we are able to offer 1-3 sessions quickly to people experiencing a crisis during their pregnancy or for a pregnancy related issue. How many sessions you will be offered will be a discussion between you and your counsellor.
How much does the service cost?
It costs PCCS £50 to provide one counselling session. We do not charge a fee for any of our services; though welcome donations towards this cost where people are able to contribute. All clients receive the same welcome and quality of service regardless of ability to make a contribution.
Getting the most from counselling
Counselling is a team effort and works best when you and your therapist work together.
Try to be open. Therapists are trained to ask the right questions, but they are not mind-readers. Your therapist will check out their understanding with you and if they get something wrong let them know. Building a shared understanding takes time, honesty and openness from both you and your therapist.
Be prepared. Before you get to the session, it can be useful to think about how to describe “what’s wrong,” and how to describe your feelings. One way to prepare is to write down the reasons you’re seeking help. Make a list and then read it out loud. Hearing yourself say it a few times will help you describe things more clearly to the therapist. Sometimes this can be difficult to do in which case your therapist will help you find the right words in the session.
Ask questions. The more you understand how counselling works, the more comfortable you will be. Ask questions about the therapy process, and ask the therapist to repeat anything you do not understand.
Be open and honest about your feelings. A lot will be going through your head in this first session. Listen to your own reactions and feelings, and share them with the therapist. You will both learn from these insights.
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