Some people hear the word counselling and immediately think it isn’t for them. But before you make your decision, make sure you understand what counselling is and what it isn’t

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Counselling isn’t:

  • Someone telling or advising you what you need to do to change your life.
  • Someone diagnosing your problems like a doctor would.
  • Somewhere you only go when you’re having a crisis.
  • A scary person in a room with a long sofa that you have to lie down on and tell your deepest secrets to.
  • Something that will go down on a permanent record somewhere.
  • A place you can only talk about meningitis.

What is counselling?

  • It’s the chance to chat to someone who doesn’t judge you.
  • A way to explore different ways of dealing with the world.
  • A place you can go and vent about your problems if you want to.
  • The opportunity to help you manage new situations or consider old ones.
  • A private space where you can talk about thoughts and feelings you have about something. 
  • Somewhere you might learn new ways to cope with different situations.
  • An opportunity to talk about anything that is worrying you or annoying you.
  • A place you can share things when you’re ready. 

How do I know if I need counselling?

Do any of these sound like things you’re going through?

  • Long periods of sadness
  • The feeling you might be living in the past
  • Self-harm
  • Feeling like you can’t cope
  • Problems saying goodbye to people on a daily basis
  • Issues with concentration
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Feeling anxious and worried
  • Not having anyone to share your problems with

Even if you’ve not experienced any of these things, counselling may still be the right thing for you now or in the future.

The details

  • It will be local to you.
  • Sessions will last approximately 50 minutes, every week, for about ten weeks.
  • It’s free,
  • You can have a female or male counsellor.
  • We’ll ask you to fill out a form before and after the counselling.
  • The counsellor will be fully trained.
  • What you say to the counsellor will be confidential. They won’t tell us. However if they believe you or someone else is at risk of serious harm they will have to share this information. If this is the case, they will always try to discuss it with you first.

“The support I have been given from Meningitis Now through art therapy, my local community support officer, counselling and just generally befriending people has helped me through some difficult times, and makes me want to give back… it’s even shaped what I want to do as a career!” 
(Female, aged 7 when they had meningitis)

Are you interested in having counselling or finding out if it is the right thing for you? Give us a call to find out more.