How does counselling work ?
Talking things through with a counsellor who is not directly involved in the problems you may have can help you feel clearer and more confident about your choices moving forward. Counsellors do not give advice but may offer a different perspective for you to consider as you work together to explore and understand the meaning of what is important to you; your thoughts, feelings and concerns.
What can I talk about in counselling?
You can talk about anything you like, what is important to you is important to us. That is the joy of the therapeutic relationship. You may have come to counselling for a specific problem to let someone else help you make sense of things, but whatever is taking up your attention, the counsellor is there to think with you, about you.
Is counselling confidential?
It may also be that you and your counsellor decide together that working with other services, professionals, parents/carers would be of further benefit/support to you. In these circumstances your counsellor will always ask you for your permission first.
Why is confidentiality important?
What if I miss a session or need to cancel?
We ask for 24 hours’ notice to cancel your appointment. You will need to contact us as soon as you know you are unable to attend a session and we will inform your counsellor. You can text, phone or email us. We do understand that you may need to cancel an appointment. Please be aware that we can accept up to 3 cancellations during your 12-session block of counselling with us.
We have lots of people wanting counselling so if you miss 3 counselling sessions without 24 hours’ notice (DNA), we will be unable to hold the session open for you and it will be offered to someone else on the waiting list.
About Bedfordshire Open Door
Bedfordshire Open Door is a friendly and welcoming counselling service for young people. We are a registered charity and have been established for over 25 years supporting our local communities. We have a team of experienced counsellors who offer services from our counselling centre in Bedford and in a number of local schools, hostels and community venues.
We are registered and accredited with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Come and Drop-In
Available Weekday and Saturday Mornings
We offer one off counselling sessions with a qualified and experienced counsellor as our Drop In Service. At present, due to COVID-19, these sessions need to be booked in advance. It’s easy to do – just call, text or email us and we can find an appointment to suit you.