Counselling

Counselling offers opportunities to talk freely and openly in confidence, and to express difficult feelings and emotions. Together, counsellor and client can identify difficulties, patterns and negative thoughts, gaining a clearer view and new perspectives.

Subsequently, clear goals can be created and coping skills and tools developed, allowing the client move forward, create a support network and stay on the positive path they have chosen.

Each client is different, with different skills and preferences, and Branch Counselling prides itself on dovetailing with the client’s skills, allowing optimal support for the individual.

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Do I need Counselling?

Clients choose to access counselling for many different reasons including; depression, relationship difficulties, obsessive thoughts, anger problems, self esteem, addictions, eating disorders, sexual abuse, domestic violence, bullying, self harm, suicidal thoughts, grief and loss, anxiety as well as many others, but it comes down to the fact they are not living their lives in the way they would choose and wish to make changes. Often people are coping to some extent but simply living and not enjoying life, counselling offers a safe space to talk, but also an opportunity to explore change.

Young People…

Helen at Branch has over 10 years experience working with young people and has an expansive tool box of play therapy, creative work, role play and worksheets. All clients are encouraged to make their own choices about therapy, Branch counselling offers different mediums to allow clients to engage, regardless of their ability; work is tailored to match the proficiency of the client. Helen is experienced in working with children aged 5 to 18 and can work ‘on site’, using the creative mediums and tools she can bring with her. Young people can be self referred, referred by parents and carers or by Schools and Colleges.

Sessions are usually 50 minutes in length and are reviewed every 6 sessions. 12 sessions are normally recommended although frequency is adaptable to the individual needs of the client.

Sessions are £40, concessions will be considered. If cancellations are made with 24hrs notice then no charge is made and the session can be rearranged; however if sessions are cancelled within 24 hours then a £10 expenses fee is charged.

Sessions are currently available evenings and weekends. Sessions can be arranged at your home and workplace, if you would prefer to use a therapy room then please allow extra time to arrange availability. If the school is agreeable counselling for a young person can be arranged there. Counselling is also available by Skype.

Helen abides by the Codes of Practice of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy at all times. She also receives appropriate supervison for all practice.

How will the first session work?

In session 1 the counsellor will make an informal contract with you confirming the details above, the focus of the work and determines if all are happy to continue. The counsellor will also explain sessions are confidential unless the counsellor believes the client or others is at risk of harm. The counsellor will always discuss any disclosure with the client first where possible.

If counselling is for a child or adolescent then the first session often includes the parent/ carer but further sessions will be with the young person alone. Often the parent/ carer is invited back in to share and discuss the review with their child.