The Counselling Service is provided and overseen by Catholic Children’s Society. We provide safe, comfortable premises for our counsellors and clients.
Counselling gives you the time and space to talk about any issues which may be troubling you in a safe and confidential setting.
There are many reasons why you may like to speak with someone outside of your immediate family or circle of friends. Some of these are:
- anxiety or stress in daily life
- major life changes – unplanned pregnany, moving home, relationship break up
- loss and bereavement
- family problems
- relationship difficulties
- feelng lost or confused
- unresolved childhood issues
It can help you:
- focus on what is important
- deal with difficult thoughts and feelings
- focus your opinions and choices
- understand yourself and others better
- find your own solutions to problems
- decide which changes, if any, you wish you make in your life
What counselling doesn’t do is tell you what to do. You are the best person to judge what is right for you.
All personal information discussed inthe session will remain confidential. However, there are some exceptions to this – and these are related to the law and to the protection both of you and others, particularly children. This will be made clear to you at your first session, when a contract will be agreed between you and your counsellor. You will be given a copy of this contract which is designed to help and to protect you. It does not, in any way, tie you in to the counselling service. You are free to terminate your counselling at any times.
Your counsellor is required to take notes about your session and these notes will be held in a locked and secure cabinet.
Your counsellor has to undergo regular supervision to ensure he/she is providing the best possible service to you. During this time, they may discuss issues which have arisen in your sessions. However, no personal details will be disclosed which could identify you.
If your counsellor is studying for further exams, they may ask if you would give your permission to allow them to use your case details as part of their exam submission. If you agree to this, they will ensure nothing in the work they produce can identify you in any way. Please be assured they will never do this without seeking your permission.
Counsellors working with this service are staff members or registered as volunteers with Catholic Children’s Society – and all have enhanced DBS. Each counsellor also holds (or is working towards) a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. All counsellors work to the ethical framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and must adhere to all of its codes of practice, specifically the code of confidentiality. They will also have their own indemnity insurance.
This service is provided free of charge.