COUNSELLING & THERAPUTIC SERVICES
Counselling is a type of communication therapy or psychological therapy. It involves talking to a counsellor about your problems. Counsellors are trained to listen sympathetically and can help you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings. They are also skilled at helping you express your worries and concerns. Counselling provides a safe and confidential space for you to talk with counselors about your issues and concerns. Counsellor will help you to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours so you can develop a better understanding of yourself and of others.
WHAT HAPPEN IN COUNSELLING
Counselling can take different forms depending on your needs and what type of therapy may be suitable. Most therapy takes place in planned, regular sessions which last for around 45- 60 minutes. You might see a counsellor on your own, as a couple or family, or in a group with people who have similar issues. You might meet them face to face in their home, offices or clinic, or talk to them online or over the telephone. During a session, your therapist may take you through specific exercises designed to help with your problem, or you might have more general discussions about how you're feeling. What you talk about will vary depend on what you want help with and the therapist’s approach. It could include:
your feelings, emotions or thoughts
past and present life events
situations you find difficult
If you want therapy for yourself or for others, there are several ways you can find a counsellor or psychotherapist.
The CCI website can help you decide what type of therapy may be best for you and will know what is available locally.
Your employer may offer or can refer you through an occupational health service. These programmes are designed to help employees with personal or work-related problems that may be having an impact on their job performance, health and mental wellbeing.
Many colleges and universities have a free and confidential in-house counselling service. You can usually find out what they offer and how to make an appointment through the counselling service section of your university's website.
Some schools also offer counselling services. Speak with a teacher or the Head if you feel your child needs therapy. If the school has a school-based counsellor, your child can approach the counsellor themselves.
Community and voluntary services
Some voluntary or community organization’s offer free or affordable access to talking therapies covering a variety of issues. The services available in your area will depend on where you live.
Private therapists' charges can vary greatly, costing anything from INR 200 for an hour and more depending on where you live. Some may offer a free initial assessment and possibly reduced costs for people on low income.
There are several online directories of private therapists, including our therapist directory.
Going to see a counsellor or psychotherapist is a big step for most people. You'll want to make sure that the therapist you see is qualified and works to professional standards.
Choosing a practitioner who is a CCI registered member gives you an assurance that they meet the standards of proficiency and ethical practice you would expect.
We ensure this through:
All CCI members must take, or be taking, a core practitioner training course in counselling or psychotherapy. This course must be recognized form UGC with a minimum of one-year Diploma in Guidance and Counselling or any other field or two degree from UGC in Psychology and Social Work. It includes a supervised service under any Psychiatrist/ Psychologist.
Registered members must agree to comply with the CCI Register terms and conditions. These include committing to continuing professional development and working to our Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
We ensure that they continue to meet the standards by asking them to commit to these terms and conditions every year when they renew their membership. We also audit a number of registered members every month.
Checking if your therapist is registered
If you want to check whether a specific therapist is registered, you can check the CCI Register. This gives the name, registration number and location of all our registered members.
Only registered or accredited members can advertise on the directory. Most of those listed are private therapists who charge for their services. If you want to find a therapist in your area, or someone who specializes in the issues you want help with, you can search our Find Your Counsellors /Therapist.
If someone you know is going through a difficult time, it can be hard to know how best to help them. You may feel that they need support and assistance beyond what you can provide. Here’s some ways you can give support and find the right kind of help for them.
Start a conversation
Starting a conversation about offering help can be difficult. You could try asking simple questions, such as.
I’ve been worried about you. Would you like to talk?
I care about you and want to help. Is there something I can help with?
it seems like you’re going through a difficult time. Maybe I can help you to find the right help?
Talking with someone they trust and sharing their problem can be a really positive experience. It can help them feel less alone and give them a different perspective on the problem they are facing.
Show your support
If a friend or relative is struggling with a problem, it can have a big impact on your life. Supporting them and letting them know you are there to help can bring you together. You could try:
expressing your concern and reassuring them that you care
asking questions, listening to their ideas and being responsive when they talk about their problems
reminding them that help is available and that problems can be solved
finding out what they feel would help and helping them to get any care they want
offering practical help such as making a telephone call or by going with them to their Counsellor.
Maintain their trustThough it may be obvious to you that someone you know needs professional help, there are many reasons why they may refuse or be reluctant to seek help. You may feel frustrated if you think they’re not trying hard enough to get well, but try not to make assumptions about how they feel. When talking about their problems, try to remember to:
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