Shouldnâ€™t I be strong enough to manage without counselling?
Counselling isnâ€™t about strength or weakness. Itâ€™s about giving you the space toÂ look at issues that are troubling you. Talking with the counsellor will give youÂ the chance to think about what is going on in your life and how things might beÂ different. We will make sure that the counselling environment feels supportiveÂ and non-judging.
I feel so much grief. How can anyone help me?
Sometimes it may feel as if thereâ€™s no way out of your grief. But grief oftenÂ gets â€˜stuckâ€™ when we feel completely alone. Talking to someone who is preparedÂ to listen and who can accept your grief may be the first step to moving safelyÂ through it.
Wonâ€™t counselling open up painful feelings that I wonâ€™t be able to copeÂ with?
Counselling may bring up many different feelings â€“ often painful ones. But it will give you the chance to explore these feelings, and to work through them and understand them, rather than burying them so that they come to the surface just when you donâ€™t want them to.
Should I be coming here? My problems feel trivial compared with thoseÂ that others might be bringing.
If you have been bereaved, then you have every right to use our counsellingÂ service. At your first appointment with the counsellor, you can talk about
whether you feel counselling will help you, and how to make the best use of theÂ sessions.
If I have counselling does that mean Iâ€™m mentally ill?
Counselling can help you regardless of the state of your mental health. It is trueÂ that counselling can help people on the road to recovery if they are sufferingÂ mentally. However, counselling can also help you if you are in distress butÂ mentally healthy. Suffering distress is not a sign of mental illness â€“ it is part ofÂ being human.
I think I just need someone to talk to, so would counselling be right for me?
Counselling can help you to work out what you need. This could include using itÂ as a space just to talk about your bereavement. If you are not sure if counsellingÂ would be right for you, just call our office. Weâ€™ll be glad to talk it through withÂ you.
Nearest tube: Elephant & Castle underground station (Northern and Bakerloo lines).
Nearest Railway Station: Elephant & Castle
Buses from Elephant and Castle: ask bus driver for Burgess Park. Bus numbers: 12, 171, 148, 176, 68, 484, 42, 40, 45