Counselling gives you the opportunity to talk about any current or past difficulties in your life which may be stopping you from living the life you want. It provides a regular time and space for you to talk openly, explore challenging feelings and to feel completely accepted and valued.
A counsellor should respect your point of view, listen carefully in a non-judgmental way and help you to gain insight into your feelings and behaviour. Counselling gives you an opportunity to explore aspects of your life and accompanying feelings without fear of being judged. A counsellor’s professional approach will be intended to help you find clarity and to bring about change, or reduce confusion.
We understand that people are complicated and that life can be intricate, messy and uncertain. Therapy can be helpful for any difficulties or problems life throws our way. Our team of skilled professionals are experienced in listening without judgment or expectation and treat everyone with warmth and respect. Your therapist isn’t going to tell you what to do, how to feel or what to think. They will support you to feel empowered and to listen to what you need and want from life, to make sense of what has been affecting you, and, when you’re ready, to start making the changes you want for your life.
You may already know what’s bothering, affecting or upsetting you and why, but therapy can also help when you don’t really understand why you’re feeling this way. You might not want to talk about these things with the people close to you, maybe because you want to protect them from your feelings or it’s too personal. By talking to a therapist, you can maintain your privacy, speak freely and not have to look after your Therapist’s feelings as well as your own.
Many people who come for counselling gain a renewed self-respect and a sense of being valued which in turn helps them to feel accepted and respected as a person in their own right.
What to expect
You’ll be invited to an initial assessment with Jo Moloney or Katja Fischer (Directors), both of whom are very experienced therapists. This will be a free session which will last around 20 minutes, usually on the phone. During the assessment, they will listen to your reasons for wanting counselling and the difficulties you are experiencing, and will answer any questions you may have. After this meeting, you will be matched with one of Bedford Community Counselling’s therapists and you will then be contacted to discuss a start date.
The first meeting with your therapist will be a great opportunity for you to decide if you feel comfortable working with them, and whether you feel happy with their way of working.
Bedford Community Counselling offers open-ended work which means you can have as few or as many sessions as you need (usually weekly to start with), and all of our sessions are 50 minutes long. During your first meeting you will agree a fee, which you will be expected to pay immediately after each session. Our session fees range from £25 to £50 for one to one counselling or £50 for specialist therapies (DIT, EMDR, Couples, Forensic), depending on your household income.