Welcome to Bickerley Counselling

What Happens in a Counselling Session?
The counselling session is a 50 minute time slot set aside weekly for you to talk. You are free to discuss anything, from everyday events, dilemmas, feelings, thoughts, memories and dreams. Your counsellor will provide a safe environment in which to explore your issues and work towards self-improvement.

Who has Counselling?
Clients come from all walks of life with many varied backgrounds and have many different reasons for seeking out counselling, but have in common the desire and belief that they can make changes to live a more balanced and fulfilling life.

Why Do I need to attend Weekly Sessions?
The standard format of weekly sessions helps you make gradual and steady progress and is an important part of productive therapeutic work.

How can it help me?
Sharing a problem with a neutral person can be easier than with a relative or friend, and can give a different way of looking at things.
Seeking a counsellor can be an important step in accepting you cannot deal with the problem alone. Understanding how the problem began or what keeps it going, can lead to you overcoming it. We provide space to think and explore underlying issues and even if they cannot be changed, therapy can make the problem more manageable.

How many sessions will I need?
This varies a lot from person to person. Some people need only a small number of sessions often called ‘short-term fixed-focus’ work. This usually looks into one main issue. Other people need counselling which looks into several areas of life and the work may be "open ended".
We aim to provide the right number of sessions, no more and no less.
During the first session it is sometimes possible for us to estimate how many sessions a client might need. If that isn’t possible I can arrange to review progress after a few sessions have taken place. It isn’t ‘one size fits all,’ and it is important to ‘tune in’ to what works for each individual.

What happens at my first counselling session?
Our first counselling session together is an assessment to allow you to talk about the issue you'd like to explore, it allows your counsellor to learn something about your personal history and establish whether you can work together. It will involve some form-filling, note-taking and enquiring and will normally last for 50 minutes.

How do I know if my therapist is properly qualified?
At the moment the law does not prevent individuals from calling themselves counsellors or psychotherapists and sometimes people set up practice with little or no training. However, as we are both members of the BACP (www.bacp.co.uk) we are bound by their rigorous training criteria and a code of ethics/professional conduct.

Is it confidential?
Yes. We adhere strictly to the BACP code of ethics which requires confidentiality with consultative support.

Is there parking available?
Yes, there is ample free parking at our Ferndown and Fordingbridge rooms.

What about cost?
Our standard session rate is £40 per individual and £45 per couple. We operate an income based sliding fee pricing structure for our counselling service so it may be accessible to all. This will be negotiated at your first session and proof will be required for any rate below our standard rate. We ask you to sign a contract at the beginning of the therapy which sets out the terms and conditions of how you will work with your counsellor.

I can’t find the answer to my Question
We have tried to give all the information you might need, but there may be something that we have missed. Just email us if you have questions you would like answered.