What sort of things can I talk about in counselling?
Anything that is bothering you!
Some of the issues people talk about are:
· Arguing with parents, parents separating, family quarrels
· Making friends and breaking up, keeping friends, peer pressure, bullying
· School pressures, exam worries, leaving school, moving school
· Feelings about yourself and within yourself that you can’t make sense of or don’t like
· Death of someone
· Difficult things that are happening or have happened in your life
Your issue though might be completely different.
Is counselling confidential?
Counselling is confidential in that you don’t have to tell anyone you are coming for counselling and what you talk about to your counsellor is confidential. For your own protection though, we might on occasions have to tell someone if you tell us you’re being harmed in anyway.
We will always aim to talk this through with you first.
How do I access the service?
You should ring in directly to Network Reception (0117 950 7271) during office hours (9am-4.30pm), where a receptionist will arrange for direct contact with a youth counsellor. If you telephone when we are closed, you will be able to leave your number on our answer-phone. Alternatively, you can email us. We will get back to you as soon as we can.
How much does counselling cost?
There is no fixed charge but we ask you/your parent/carer to contribute as much as you/they can. Every counselling session costs us £31. Those who are able to pay more will help those who can afford less. If you are unable to pay it will not stop you from having counselling.
I am a parent / carer. What can I do to help?
We invite parents/carers to be present at the start of the first counselling session, when the counsellor will discuss the contract and any practicalities.
It is helpful when parents/carers are supportive and accepting of counselling. If the child/young person wishes to discuss their experiences in counselling with you, it can be helpful to offer a listening ear, without pressurising them for more information than they wish to share.
Network also provides affordable counselling for adults at its premises in Filton. Please see our pages on adult counselling for more information.