Tel us: 01234 360388
Text us: 07922105200
Email us: [email protected]fordopendoor.org.uk
Write to us: 120 Tavistock Street, Bedford, MK40 2SA
Bedford Open Door is a BACP Accredited Service www.bacp.co.uk
Counselling takes place in the privacy of a small
room and the atmosphere is welcoming and informal.
At the first session you will talk about the things worrying you and a way forward will be discussed.
Knowing where to begin may feel awkward or even
frightening and you may find it difficult to talk or say
much during the first meeting. Your counsellor will
understand and help you through this.
Your counsellor is there to help you, not to judge
you, advise or tell you what to do and you can work at your own pace. Sometimes a single session is all that you need..
For regular weekly sessions you will see the same
counsellor each week at the same time with the aim of helping you with your issues in as short a time as possible
What happens during a counselling session?
Counselling is confidential except if you or
someone around you is at risk of being hurt or
harmed in any way.
It is very rare that a counsellor would break
confidentiality, however and if this situation ever
arose we would talk to you about it. We hope that
you would agree to any action we would take,
knowing that our main aim is to keep you, and
those close to you, safe.
All counsellors are required to have regular,
confidential supervision of their counselling work,
but you are not identified. Please ask us if you need
more information about this.
Your counsellor will set up a written contract with you which makes a commitment to offer you privacy and explains all about confidentiality and how we try to keep you safe.
It tells you about appointments and the set time and place in which you'll meet to talk and tells you what to do if you can't make an appointment.
This contract will also tell you how long each session lasts (usually up to 50 minutes) and how many sessions you and your counsellor have agreed to meet. It will also tell you that you and your counsellor will look at how you are getting along at regular intervals. This is so that you get what you need from the counselling sessions.
We like to make everything as clear as possible, but if you don't understand anything, please ask
Why is counselling different?
What you might want to gain from your time with the counsellor will vary according to what you need.
You might want to look at a specific problem, make a decision or cope with a crisis. You might have feelings of conflict or anger that you don't understand or perhaps you want to improve relationships with others.
Whatever it is, the counsellor will try to help you in ways which respect your views and where you come from, so that you can follow the way that feels right for you.
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