Counselling and Psychotherapy are talking therapies . The basis of counselling and psychotherapy is the relationship that is established between the person being supported and their counsellor or psychotherapist. It is essential that the person being treated feels safe and that his counsellor is trusting and non-judgemental and that the person feels they will be met with respect, sensitivity and understanding so that they are free to speak about whatever is on their mind and make a recovery.
Counselling supports and enables the development of greater personal resilience. Taking a here and now focus, it can help to reduce anxiety and depression and negative thinking so that there is greater freedom to think through problems and find solutions and make a recovery. Counselling focuses on supporting our strengths and using these to develop new strategies so that we can find solutions to difficulties. It can help with a wide range of needs from anxiety and depression to relationship difficulties.
Psychotherapy helps us to make changes that are deep and long lasting. Taking a dual focus that looks both at our current situation and also any past circumstances that may be connected with it, it is possible to identify preferred patterns and preferences that take charge of our life even when we don’t want them to. This heightened understanding helps make it possible to change these patterns. In the process of making these changes people often re-discover parts of themselves that have become lost or overlooked over time. They develop new personal qualities and strengths and are able to build a richer and more satisfying life
If you are unsure about choosing between Counselling and Psychotherapy we will help you talk it through and come to a decision about what you feel will work best for you. We believe it is usually better to start small and progress from there if that is what is needed your never alone with Anxious minds.
Please ONLY apply for 1-1 Counselling and Online Counselling Sessions if you can commit to attending scheduled sessions. Non-attendance at scheduled sessions reduces the availability of sessions for our members and has a cost to the charity, missing a session without letting us know and you will be removed.
Anxious Minds runs a low cost counselling service which is provided by a team of volunteer counsellors.
We ask service users to make a donation, based on what you think you can afford per session. We suggest somewhere between £5 and £30 and the Counselling Coordinator will discuss this with you when we are able to allocate you to a counselor.
We encourage you to discuss your counselling needs with your GP first, if you feel able to do so. Your GP can refer to you to a whole range of general and specialist mental health services, so talking openly with your GP may help you to access the service that is right for you first time round.
Counselling is accessed by an internal referral system so please speak to a member of staff who can help you with this.
Anxious Minds relies heavily on charitable donations, all money received goes straight back into providing more Free services.
Please note that all information provided, is held in strictest confidence and will not be shared with anyone outside of Anxious Minds, unless in circumstances where risk to self/others/a minor is indicated.
We also offer a Clinical Supervisory Service for supervisees who work with a range of client’s experiencing emotional distress in the private and voluntary sectors.
Our team of qualified clinical supervisors have given professional support and guidance for the last 12 years.
Payment for Clinical Supervisory Service
All payments must be made at least 24 hours before your appointment this is non-refundable if you miss your agreed session and amendments can only be made 24 hours in advance.