Is counselling for me?
There are no easy answers to this question. Try to see if the following will help first before anything else:
Family & Friends
Your first step should be to consult your family and friends to see if they can help. You’d be surprised how quickly family/friends will step up at the time of need.
Religious & Social Groups
Reaching out to your religious and social groups for a shoulder to lean can be extremely helpful. You may even be able to identify a group of people experiencing similar issues and can even start a group consultation session. In such cases, it’s usually a good idea to employ a facilitator to help with these sessions, and for such services, please get in touch with us as we have lots of experience working with groups.
Speak to your GP to see if there are any services or groups you may be able to join.
If all else seems impossible, then we urge you to contact us. We will be discrete in our conversations and ensure complete privacy and a non-judgemental environment where you can speak to us freely.
Is counselling a safe choice?
All information exchanged with us is strictly confidential. We make every effort to ensure that we provide a comfortable and open environment for our services. We adhere to guidelines provided to us by governing bodies such as the BACP ethical framework.
How can I choose the right counsellor?
This is a highly personal question and one that can not be answered with strict criteria. Here are a few pointers when selecting your counsellor…
Are they capable?
Capable counsellors will enable you to feel comfortable and at ease. Additionally, they will have the right mindset, attitude, training and accreditations (where necessary) to help you.
Can they actually make an impact?
Even though case details cannot be discussed by which you may be able to get an idea of how effective a counsellor is, you can assess whether the counsellor will be able to help you based on their education, qualifications, professionalism and general personality which can be gathered by a simple phone call. There is no value in working with a counsellor you do not get along with. What matters is your well-being, so bear this in mind when talking to the counsellor.
Do you get along with them?
This again is a tough thing to gauge however, our suggestion is to speak to them directly and see whether they are a good fit for you. Counselling and therapy is a very personal thing and you have to be comfortable to be able to speak in frankly and openly.
Questions about the Sessions
How much do you charge?
We charge £65/session.
Considerations available for students and those on low income.
What is counselling like?
Our counselling sessions are highly personalised to the individual.
It all starts with an initial discussion (approximately 30 minutes) in a private and confidential environment to see what the main concerns are and how we can help you.
We then begin the counselling sessions at pre-determined dates.
Where are the sessions held?
Sessions are currently held in Southgate, North London. We have a dedicated room for our counselling sessions where you can speak freely in a non-judgmental and private environment.
Questions about Amity Services
Can we hire you for group sessions?
Yes. Group sessions are an extremely effective way of working through issues. We can facilitate group sessions at reduced rates. For more information, please contact us on 03333 444 268.