Counselling Counselling is available at the Centre to anyone affected by a neurological condition. Jane Hall our qualified Counsellor is there to listen and help you find ways to deal with emotional issues. The service is a confidential talking therapy which involves you talking through your personal problems and working with Jane to address them in a positive way. She can help you to clarify the issues which are causing you emotional stress, explore options, develop coping strategies and increase your self-awareness. We do make a small charge for counselling services. What can counselling help with? Counselling can help you cope with: A range of mental health issues, such as low mood, depression, anxiety or stress A change around your health such as new symptoms, change in ability or dementia A difficult life event such as bereavement, a relationship breakdown or work-related problems Difficult emotions – for example, low self-esteem, anger or frustration Other issues, such as sexual identity What to expect from counselling At your appointment, you'll be encouraged to talk about your feelings and emotions, Jane will listen and support you without judging or criticising. What you talk about is in confidence and this will be explained to you at the beginning of your first appointment. Jane can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes and help you find your own solutions to problems; but she won't usually give advice or tell you what to do. Counselling can take place: face to face - You may be offered a single session of counselling, a short course of sessions over a few weeks or months, or a longer course that lasts for several months. This will be assessed at the initial session. Each session lasts approximately 50 minutes; as part of a support group – we offer group support to people with a condition and also for Carers; or sometimes over the phone – if urgently required. It can take a number of sessions before you start to see progress, but you should gradually start to feel better and more in control of your situation. If would like further information about our counselling service please contact our Reception on 01244 678619 and ask for Jane Hall or e-mail [email protected].