Counselling

Wellbeing Offer: Step one Counselling

Step one counselling is a wellbeing intervention which is led by you. Counsellors will build a supportive and non-judgemental relationship with you based on empathy and honesty.

The counselling room is a safe and supportive environment for you to explore what is bothering you in order to support you to feel better, make sense of your circumstances and experiences, and find ways to achieve a greater degree of choice and purpose in the world.

Step one counselling is offered up to 6 sessions, in which you and your counsellor work together to set the agenda and pace of the counselling and work towards a therapeutic aim.

Eligibility Criteria

Counselling at step one is suitable for:

  • People experiencing feelings of low mood
  • People who can explain what is bothering them

Counselling is appropriate for individuals experiencing any of the following:

  • Stress
  • Anger
  • Sleep Disorder
  • Non complicated bereavement
  • Relationship issues
  • Divorce
  • Low mood
  • Separation
  • Work problems
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Loss of confidence

Counselling is not appropriate for clients experiencing any of the following:

  • Diagnosed Mild to Severe Depression
  • Psychosis
  • Chronic physical health problem
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Panic Disorder
  • PTSD
  • Social Anxiety Disorder / Phobia
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • Complex bereavement
  • Drug and Alcohol Issues
  • Antenatal and Post Natal Mental Health

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Core IAPT Offer: Step three Counselling

Step three counselling is a high intensity counselling intervention which is led by you. Counsellors will build a supportive, non-judgemental and in-depth relationship with you based on empathy and honesty.

The aim of step three counselling is to help you access and express underlying feelings, make sense of them, and draw on the new meanings which emerge to make positive changes in your life. Session by session you will feed back to your counsellor to inform them of where you’d like to focus. To make the most of your sessions, during the time between sessions you will be asked to reflect on what has been explored.

Step three counselling is offered up to 12 sessions, in which you and your counsellor work collaboratively to establish and work towards a therapeutic aim. Through exploration of your experiences and emotions, your counsellor will support you to develop emotional awareness, gain greater understanding of yourself and your responses to others, as well as finding different ways to manage your feelings.

Eligibility Criteria

Counselling at step three is suitable for:

  • People with ongoing symptoms of depression which is impacting their everyday lives
  • People who have been diagnosed with mild to moderate depression who have been offered and not benefitted from a low-intensity psychosocial intervention or other high-intensity interventions such as CBT or IPT

CfD is appropriate for individuals experiencing depression alongside any of the following:

  • Bereavement
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Divorce
  • Separation
  • Work problems
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Loss of confidence

CfD is not appropriate for clients experiencing any of the following:

  • Severe Depression
  • Psychosis
  • Chronic physical health problem
  • Trauma

CfD is not appropriate for clients who:

  • Have not first been offered another High Intensity intervention
  • Wish to focus on drug and alcohol Issues
  • Need support for a major mental health condition such as bipolar or personality disorder

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