Counselling / Psychotherapy
What Counselling Is
Counselling aims to provide the opportunity to explore, discover and clarify ways of living more resourcefully and confidently, giving you a greater sense of well-being. It will give you space to work through difficult issues you may be experiencing. Sharing difficulties with someone in a non-judgmental, confidential environment will enable you to make sense of things, often resulting in positive changes, new perspectives and positive growth.
You may also be drawn to counselling simply because you want to gain a deeper understanding of yourself.
Sally Crittall, our Counsellor and Life Coach, writes: “My role is one of honest companionship, to stick with you through thick and thin, without judgement, in complete trust and confidence. It is not a role which involves giving advice like perhaps family and friends might do. I believe in and respect each person’s individuality. I have never given up on anyone who truly desired to make changes. I am alongside you to draw out, and work with your potential.
“I offer an Integrative approach to counselling, which means that I draw upon different approaches such as transactional analysis, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), person-centred therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to best serve the needs of each individual client.”
Counselling can equip you with better life skills and you will have the opportunity to gain a better/deeper understanding of how some of your thinking and/or behaviours may have developed.
How Counselling Works
“Sessions are usually offered weekly, in my consulting room, for one hour, though it is sometimes possible to offer counselling over the telephone. Please feel free to ask for that if you would prefer it. During the first meeting we will discuss your expectations, what you hope to achieve and what I can offer you. It is also important to get to know each other so that you can decide if you are comfortable working with me.
“Please note that counselling requires commitment of time and effort by both the counsellor and the client. Sessions can be quite hard work and memories and uncomfortable feelings may emerge unexpectedly, however these should settle down after a few weeks. You may also find some sessions quite exhausting as we work with a lot of deep-seated issues. Please remember that I am here to support you through these difficult periods.
“The number of sessions needed varies from person to person and this would be discussed during the initial meeting. Reviews are built in to look at any progress made.”
What to do now
“The first step is to get in touch in order to establish whether counselling is the right route for you and will suit your needs. It is of utmost importance that you feel comfortable and able to trust our collaborative relationship. I offer a free initial 20-minute telephone consultation so that you can ask any questions.
Should we decide to work together, we will normally contract for 6–8 sessions which will be held on a weekly basis. We will review your progress at session 5 so that you can decide whether a conclusion is in sight, or whether you will want to continue further.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What is counselling / psychotherapy?
It is a therapeutic relationship between two people where personal issues can be explored in a non-judgmental, confidential and very supportive environment. It is not about giving advice or telling people what to do.
Is counselling right for me?
Counselling is aimed at anyone who wants to understand their past and present difficulties better including their childhood, and deal with current stressful situations.
How long does it take?
“I undertake both short- and long-term counselling, and will work with you for as long as we feel is necessary; if it seems that a longer course is needed, we will summarise progress at regular intervals.”
What will it cost?
The standard fee is £45 per one-hour session, though in certain circumstances this can be negotiated – please feel free to raise this in your first call to us.
What if counselling is not for me?
The relationship between you and your counsellor is of paramount importance. Sessions can at times be very challenging and unsettling and you need to feel confident in trusting the counsellor to keep you safe.
It requires honesty and commitment on your part. Should you wish to discontinue at any time this is entirely your decision; however, due to the nature of this work we would encourage you to have some form of final contact, either through a final session or brief telephone conversation. You will not be judged if you wish to discontinue, but it is important to have some form of closure as loose ends are very unhealthy for both parties.
Code of Ethics
A Code of Ethics is important to safeguard professional standards, to ensure accountability, and to provide an honest and ethical service. The Code of Ethics also safeguards the client, the counsellor or coach as well as the counselling and coaching professions.
It would be to your advantage to check that any counsellor you approach is fully qualified and registered with BACP, UKCP or another national supervisory body for the profession.
Sally Crittall, our Counsellor and Life Coach, is a member of BACP, and so is bound by their Code.
Click here to view the full BACP Code of Ethics (.pdf - 485kb).
On Track Life Skills respects every individual's right to autonomy and confidentiality. We offer an initial free 20-minute telephone consultation, during which no written notes are taken without consent and all callers can remain anonymous.