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What is Counselling?




What Conditions Can it Help?
How does Counselling help?
How Does Counselling Work in Practice?
What Sort of Concerns Can I Bring?
What Benefits Can Be Expected?
Can I Speak Openly to the Counsellor?
Do CPMS observe independent professional standards?
How Many Times Do I Need to See the Counsellor and How Long is Each Session?
Who Would I See?
Where do you work?

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What Conditions Can it Help?
Counselling offers help to people going through a period of emotional or psychological distress and confusion which is hindering their normal capacity to arrange their lives more effectively.
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How does Counselling help?
Counselling is an opportunity for you to talk to a professional therapist to help you understand yourself and your situation. This might involve reflecting on your life experiences and your responses to new ones. The counsellor will also help you to identify what changes in life style could reduce any distress you feel, and to support you as you consider how to do this. Depending on what you are able to share, the counsellor works with you to explore how you can progress towards living in a way that is more satisfactory and resourceful for you.
Although the counselling offered is primarily non-directive and non-advisory, in some situations you may want more positive guidance from specific information and advice. The counsellor will suggest how this might be obtained.
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How Does Counselling Work in Practice?
Counselling takes place in a private setting so that you can feel free to share your concerns in confidence. In the initial session, you will be able to talk to the counsellor to clarify the areas that you want to cover together. The counsellor will suggest the number of times you might need to meet to achieve your objectives. Each session is 50 minutes, normally at the same time each week.
Depending on how things work out, you may wish to take short breaks in the process to work on issues that have emerged for you, returning later when you are ready to do more work.
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What Sort of Concerns Can I Bring?
You can bring any difficulty which you feel is making it difficult for you to live your life as you wish to. The source of the difficulty may be clear to you: a bereavement or loneliness. Or you may be aware of heightened levels of anxiety that you want to explore and understand, using the counsellor to think through how you might change in the future.
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What Benefits Can Be Expected?
The success of counselling depends on how much you feel you can share with the counsellor. Sometimes, it may take a while for you to have sufficient confidence in the counsellor to share painful experiences that have had an important bearing on how you feel. Clients often find that talking to someone else helps them to see their anxiety in a more manageable way, and, although life is always uncertain, enable offer you to have more confidence in the situations that worry you.
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Can I Speak Openly to the Counsellor?
Virtually everything that you tell the counsellor is confidential (the only exceptions are a consequence of Government legislation). This is also the case if you are seeing the counsellor because your employer would like to help you recover from an unhelpful or damaging experience. Any information you share is covered by the Code mentioned below. If you decide that you want to say something to the employer, whether or not this has been requested by your employer, the only information that goes back to them is what you choose to say.
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Do CPMS observe independent professional standards?
CPMS counsellors work to the Code of Ethics and Practice set out by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/)
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How Many Times Do I Need to See the Counsellor and How Long is Each Session?
The number of times you meet with the counsellor will be something that is agreed at the first meeting, and reviewed regularly as you make progress. As a guide, it is normal to work together for between eight and twelve sessions. If you decide to continue beyond this, you and your counsellor can discuss this at any time during the consultation. Each session, normal at intervals of one week, is of 50 minutes at a regular time and place, although changes can always be made to suit your changing needs.
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Who Would I See?
You would see a qualified counsellor who is a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). The counsellor adheres to the code of ethics and practice set out by the BACP. The confidential counselling service is offered to all, irrespective of religious belief or sexual orientation, accepting clients as they are and offering non-judgmental, professional attention, care and support.
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Where do you work?
CPMS clients are seen close to Ashford in Kent. See further details in Counselling Directory.


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