Is counselling for me?
Counselling can help you make sense of your life as a carer, offering you an opportunity to talk in confidence and explore any difficult feelings or emotional stresses you may experience in your caring role.
Your counsellor will not judge and will never tell you what to do, they will listen to you and will work with you in ways designed to meet your individual needs.
Where and when
Counselling will usually take place at a venue near you, and will happen at the same time and place each week. Your counsellor will talk to you to find a time which fits in with your schedule.
Who are counsellors?
We work with Sussex Downs College and Wealden Psychology Institute, who provide volunteer counsellors who are at an advanced level in or have completed their training.
Our counsellors are all Disclosure and Barring Service checked and work within British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy guidelines.
How it works
First, our Counselling Coordinator will call you to talk about counselling and conduct a quick assessment.
Next, we will put you in touch with a counsellor. This may not happen straight away as it depends on the availability of a counsellor near you.
Do I have to pay?
No, counselling is free.
Is there a waiting list?
Yes – however this can vary depending on demand in each area. If you are able to be flexible regarding the time and/or venue, this can help to shorten the wait in some cases.
How long is a session?
A counselling session usually lasts for 50 minutes.
How many sessions are there?
You can have up to 12 sessions, this can be reviewed with your counsellor at any time.
What if I can’t make it?
If you cannot make a meeting, please phone us, and we will pass the message on to your counsellor.
If you feel that you would benefit from counselling, or are undecided and would like to have a chat about it please do get in touch.