Counselling offers a safe, confidential space to talk about anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable in order to gain insight.

We recognise the important role that timely and effective therapeutic support can provide at various times for every individual.  We are committed to providing a minimum of 6 sessions of counselling when making a referral.

 

Common Questions:

  1. “Who will know that I am having counselling?”

We recognise the need for confidentiality when it comes to considering counselling support, and the Support Team will hold in confidence any referral made.  Beyond referral and arranging payment, the therapeutic relationship is between client and counsellor, and is held within these boundaries.  We only refer to qualified therapists who hold registration/accreditation with the appropriate governing bodies [external to the Church of the Scotland].

 

  1. “Do I need counselling/therapy?”

There is a common notion that counselling or therapy is only for those whose life is in pieces, and the result is that often we wait too long before seeking therapeutic support.  There are many valid reasons for seeking counselling support and these include:

  • Feeling sad and angry more often than you want to
  • Losing interest in the things you used to enjoy
  • Loss of a loved one – either because of bereavement or relationship breakdown
  • Loss of something else significant eg role, money, personal equilibrium
  • Experience of abuse whether that is physical, mental, emotional or spiritual
  • Experienced a major trauma – traffic accident or personal attack
  • If you or someone you love is struggling with depression, anxiety, other mental ill health

The above is not a comprehensive list and there are many other reasons why people choose to engage in counselling.

 

The Support Team will be able to help you identify the type of therapeutic approach that might best support you, and can make initial enquires on your behalf.

 

You can contact pastoralsupport@churchofscotland.org.uk in confidence.