Range of Services

The following page will provide some information on the services available at Central Counselling.  These services include:

  • Individual, Couple and Family Counselling
  • Telephone and Web Based Counselling
  • Counselling Supervision
  • Employee Assistance Programme Work
  • Listening and Counselling Skills Training
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Group Work
  • Mindfulness Based Living Course Delivery

Counselling Sessions: The client and counsellor work collaboratively to shape the work within the sessions.  The first session will include information regarding confidentiality, session structure and putting together a counselling agreement. It will also involve an initial exploration of the problems with an opportunity to identify specific goals.

Telephone and Web Based Counselling: Sometimes it can be difficult to access counselling and support due to family commitments, work shifts and other difficulties.  With this in mind, telephone or web based counselling can be effective and the counsellor can offer support in this way, if required.

Counselling Supervision: Supporting the development of individual practitioners with respect of their chosen therapeutic orientation.  Building a trusting collaborative relationship which explores contracting, relational ethics and boundaries, functions of supervision, working with diversity and power and how the practitioner works within their contexts and roles withing their own practice or other organisations.

Employee Assistance Programme Work: The practitioner engages with a variety of organisations and employee assistance providers to offer support to their employees. This can help employees come to terms with and cope with difficulties which may have resulted in time off work, making this a cost effective measure for employers to reduce the staff time lost due to stress, anxiety or depression.

Supporting the development of individual practitioners with respect of their chosen therapeutic orientation.  Building a trusting collaborative relationship which explores contracting, relational ethics and boundaries, functions of supervision, working with diversity and power and how the practitioner works within their contexts and roles withing their own practice or other organisations.

Mindfulness Training: The definition of mindfulness is ‘paying attention to what is happening, when it is happening, without preference’.  The benefits of a mindfulness practice can be many and those who have participated in this type of training have noted the benefits below:

‘Mindfulness has helped me to  understand the true nature and workings of my mind’
‘I really started to notice how often I react to my internal and external experience.  Now I know how much of my world is shaped by my own thoughts, behaviours and lots of old habits!
‘I see my world, family and friends in an entirely different way which has helped to reduced my stress and troubles
‘I have been able to quieten self criticism and started to work on self compassion… I am not there yet but I am working on it!
‘I now have an appreciation of just how lucky I am instead of being focused on what is missing from or wrong in my life’
‘I am finally learning to accept myself as I am rather than wishing I was someone else’
 

Mindfulness has been widely researched and has been shown to be affective when experiencing such problems as anxiety, chronic pain, stress and depression.  The lasting benefits can include having more energy, being more relaxed, an increase in confidence, increase in ability to cope and self care.

Mindfulness Based Living Course Delivery:  An eight-week programme which allows an individual to develop a mindful and compassionate practice for day to day life.  The course covers the core principles of mindfulness and compassion which is developed through course based and home practice.  This programme was developed by the Mindfulness Association for the University of Aberdeen’s MSc degree course in Mindfulness Studies.