Counselling

People choose to receive counselling for a range of different reasons and at different points in their lives. Often people are at the point of crisis and would like to talk about how they are feeling and find a way to feel better. Others would like more long-term support to explore emotional issues and develop better ways of coping.

A counsellor will create a safe space where you can examine your feelings and responses. By doing so, you will gain new insights that will help you to move forward.  It is very common to feel emotional distress. However, it is often difficult to find space in our lives to reflect upon our feelings in order to make positive changes. A counsellor will listen to you whilst you share your experience and allow you to own your feelings without being judged or stigmatised.

Why see a counsellor?

You can see a counsellor for any reason ranging from wanting to feel more self-confident to dealing with feelings of anger or anxiety.  People may see a counsellor if they have suffered a bereavement, are experiencing relationship difficulties, are feeling under stress or pressure or are feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope.  Many people see counsellors after a life-changing event, or to support them through a challenging transition.  Other people experience persistent feelings of anxiety or unhappiness and would like an opportunity to explore and overcome these.

Which counsellor is right for me?
The therapeutic relationship is important. You need to feel safe and comfortable with your counsellor. The counsellor’s at Alma Vale are highly qualified and have years of experience. All our counsellors are accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
How many sessions will I need?
Each session lasts approximately fifty minutes and it is usual to see a counsellor once a week. The number of sessions you choose to have is variable and up to you. Some people find they benefit from a short series of counselling in order to move beyond a current situation. Others find the weekly support to be something they value and wish to continue long term.
How much does it cost?

A 50 minute appointment with Deborah Clarke will cost £60. The fee for couples is £65.

Counselling

Meet the Practitioners

Contact the Alma Vale Centre here
to find out more about Counselling