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Covid-19 update: the counselling service, including assessments, are still running online and via telephone. New referrals will be accepted but the usual waiting times apply and emails will be replied to within 10 working days. 

There are times in most of our lives when we experience distressing events and feelings which seem to have no end or solution in sight. This can be due to a particular circumstance such as bereavement, relationship breakdowns, stress or illness but sometimes we have no idea what is making us feel the way we do. At times, life can become overwhelming and we simply find it hard to be at peace with ourselves.

What is it?

Many people find that ‘talking treatments’, such as counselling and psychotherapy, with a trained professional helps them make sense of their individual circumstances, leaving them better equipped to cope. It provides a space to look at different ways of dealing with your problems.

Mind in Haringey is a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and all our counsellors adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. The aim of our service is to provide an affordable, safe and confidential environment where people can talk about and explore their deepest personal issues, making positive changes to their lives moving forward.

How does it help?

The service is available to anyone seeking an opportunity to talk about problems or difficulties that they are experiencing in their lives. People seek counselling for a variety of reasons such as, but not limited to;

depression, anxiety, stress, panic, to explore relationships with others, bereavement and significant loss, past experiences that may be affecting you in the present, isolation or loneliness, sense of hopelessness, loss of purpose or direction, not achieving potential.

What happens in a session?

Once your counselling sessions begin you will be asked to attend on a weekly basis on the same day and time, and this regularity is important. Counselling sessions last for up to 50 minutes and your counsellor will give you space and time to explore your thoughts and feelings in a private and confidential setting.

It is common to have a period of feeling worse before you start to feel better, and it can be useful to discuss those feelings with your counsellor. Whilst the process can feel challenging at times, it is usually worth persisting, for the positive results it can bring.

Who will my counsellor be?

At Mind in Haringey we work with a mixture of both qualified and trainee counsellors, many of whom work on a voluntary basis and support the low-cost day time counselling service. All of our volunteer counsellors work within the BACP Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and attend fortnightly supervision with experienced and qualified, accredited clinical supervisors.

What can I expect from the initial assessment?

To get things started you will be asked to attend an initial assessment. This is different from a counselling session and the aim of it is to give both you and the counsellor an opportunity to explore the reasons why you are seeking counselling, and to establish whether our counselling service is suitable for your needs.

Confidentiality

Counsellors and psychotherapists at Mind in Haringey are bound by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy professional code of ethics which emphasises the importance of confidentiality in the counselling relationship. Information taken in a counselling session will always remain within the counselling service and only in exceptional circumstances would confidentiality be broken if we have a serious concern for your wellbeing.

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