What is Counselling?
Counselling is a process of creating a confidential space where people can begin to heal with the help of their counsellor. Counselling is concerned with the whole person and gives you time to talk about feelings thoughts and concerns. The counsellor provides a safe, confidential service which is non-judgmental.
What to Expect
You can expect to be provided with a non-judgmental approach by a respectful, open and genuine person. Your cunsellor will not give advice, direction or solutions to problems or issuues but they will help you gain insight and new perspectives. Each session lasts 50 minutes and you will meet with your counsellor usually on a weekly basis. You may terminate therapy at any time. We have male and female counsellors and a choice of day, evening and weekend appointments.
Your sessions with your counsellor are confidential. However, counsellors are obligated to break confidentiality if you disclose that you intend to harm yourself or another person or if you reveal current abuse of a minor.
Low Cost Counselling is a not-for-profit initiative
In a today’s society, we all have stresses and crises in our lives that can be alleviated through talking with a trained professional. In the current economic climate, we at Low Cost Counselling London are aiming to make that a possibility for more people. People attend a counsellor for many reasons. These vary from issues around their quality of life to relationship difficulties. We are experienced in dealing with such varied topics as loss and bereavement, depression, anxiety, stress, anger, personal development, self esteem, sexual / sexuality issues to name but a few.
What Benefits can be Expected?
Counselling is for anyone who wants support, perhaps at a time of crisis or otherwise, who is unhappy with his or her present circumstances and hopes for change, or who wishes to make progress in personal development. It is a valuable aid to personal growth and can help one to develop assertiveness and self-confidence, and improve your sense of well being. It is of particular relevance in times of transition.
The most important aspect of any therapy is the relationship between client and therapist, so to an extent, a client may build a trusting and safe relationship with a student counsellor and make good progress with that therapist without difficulty.
However, some issues are complex, or deep rooted, and may be beyond the scope of a trainee therapist. A trainee therapist may not have the necessary skills or experience to adequately provide that strong basis of support needed for clients to trust in the relationship, or may not have the necessary specialised training for certain issues, for example abuse, addiction, or eating disorders.
This is no reflection on either the therapist or the client, but rather a simple mis-match between the two. As a client, you should always feel comfortable enough to feed back to your therapist if you think there is something missing, or if the therapist has said or done something that bothers you in any way. A good therapist can take this feedback and work with it, to either change their approach, or refer a client on to someone better qualified to help.
In such cases then the trainee Therapist may refer you to one of our professional therapists who can continue the work.
We at LCCL are please to be able to offer both a Reduced Cost service for those on low income or in financial difficulty, and a low cost service to clients who are unwaged or on social welfare. Please email in confidence with your query via our Contact Form.
Low Cost Counselling
Low cost counselling and free counselling services are often available to clients through various counselling training institutions. This counselling is usually provided by a student in training to become a qualified therapist.