Being asked to trust a counsellor with some of your most intimate personal details, some of which you may never have spoken about before, can be a frightening and uncomfortable experience. It is natural to feel nervous. Intimate details are only shared when and if you want to. You are in control of your therapy.
We do all that we can to support and care for you throughout your journey and it is important that you feel in control of your goals and the pace of your counselling.
Counselling is by appointment only Mondays to Fridays in our offices in Shrewsbury, Tuesdays to Thursdays in Telford, and on Thursdays in Ludlow. To ensure you feel secure your appointments will be at the same time, with the same counsellor in the same room on the same day each week for, on average, 15-20 sessions. Appointments last for 50 minutes.
For counselling to be effective it is important that you are able to commit to regular weekly appointments, you are in a stable and secure place and you have a good support network of family and friends.
We understand how difficult it is to take that first step, so we aim to offer you an initial appointment within 10 working days of you making contact with us. This appointment will give you the opportunity to find out about the service and ask questions. This will help us establish that you are in the correct service to meet your needs.
We can also assess which counsellor would suit you best, either personality-wise or depending on the area of specialism you may need. You will be able to request a male or female counsellor.
Following this you may have to wait a time to start active counselling with your counsellor. You will receive regular texts/letters from us assuring you that we know you are still waiting, and checking if your day/time preferences have changed.
If you are having problems whilst waiting, we will do our best to offer you a holding appointment.
Our counselling service is confidential. This means that noting you say to any member of Axis will be discussed outside the team, without your permission. There are some exceptions to this confidentiality.
- If you inform us of the current abuse of a child
- If yours or someone else’s life is at risk
You will be made aware of this at your first meeting.
It is very rare for confidentiality to be broken and, unless it was an emergency situation, we would always discuss it with you first. Any information given to a third party would only relate to the particular issue – with your permission.
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