SCC provides a safe place to talk to a skilled counsellor, who will listen and help you understand how past experiences, worries about the future, or lack of self-confidence may be affecting your life.

Counselling helps you explore the way you think and act; to see how you may be repeating unhelpful patterns of behaviour or thinking.  It can also help you explore the way you deal with relationships and conflict.

You can bring thoughts and feelings, which you may not feel able to share with friends or family. You are free to talk safely, without fear of rejection, criticism or blame. Your counsellor will not tell you what to do but will help you to make your own choices and to make changes in your life that offer greater freedom in thought and action.

SCC counsellors come from a range of different trainings and incorporate a variety of counselling models including psychodynamic, person-centred, integrative and humanistic. All work undertaken by SCC counsellors is subject to clinical supervision.

To give counselling the best chance of working the sessions need to be weekly.  The counselling session lasts 50 minutes.  Counselling can be time limited 6 – 12 sessions, or over a longer period of time depending on requirement, this will be discussed more fully at your initial consultation.

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Accessing Counselling

On contacting the service we will arrange an initial consultation at the most convenient time for you.

The initial Consultation

We work hard to ensure we do not have a waiting list; Consultation interviews are usually carried out within a week of you contacting SCC. The assessor will explore with you the reasons you are seeking counselling and will assess your needs and whether the services we offer can help you.

After the Consultation

Following the Consultation, arrangements can be made for regular weekly counselling sessions; ongoing sessions last 50 minutes. We aim to start your counselling as soon as possible and you can help speed things up by being as flexible as possible about the times you can come for counselling. Please note that evening sessions are often in great demand

The SCC Counselling Service has been accredited by BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) since 2003.

The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) is a membership organisation and a registered charity that sets standards for therapeutic practice and provides information for therapists, clients of therapy, and the general public.