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When experiencing emotional difficulties, sometimes we are unable to resolve them alone. Counselling provides a safe and confidential space for individuals to tentatively explore their feelings in a trusting, empathic understanding relationship.

Creating an opportunity for self- discovery and personal development. Counselling gives you the opportunity to share your thoughts and feelings about what is troubling you with a qualified professional. You will gain a clearer understanding of what is happening to you, and will be assisted in identifying the choices available to you.

Your counsellor will not judge you or provide you with answers, but will listen to you in a non-judgemental way, respect you and help you reflect on your experiences. You will be encouraged to come to an understanding and acceptance of your problems, enabling you to reach your own decisions, manage your own development and create within you a greater sense of self awareness and well being. You will not have to talk about anything that you do not wish to. The counsellor will encourage you to talk about many aspects of your life and to express your feelings. However, if you do not wish to discuss a particular issue this will be respected. The counsellor will encourage you to explore how you feel about a situation and look at different ways of dealing with it. What you decide to do is up to you. The counsellor will not tell you what to do.

I am now living, not just existing

Everything that you say is respected and treated as confidential. Each counsellor belongs to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, BACP, and are bound by the highest ethical standards. Each member of the BACP is bound by its ethical framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy and subject to the professional conduct procedure. Counselling sessions last for 50 minutes and the first session is an opportunity for the client and counsellor to decide whether counselling is appropriate.

There are a wide range of theoretical counselling models including person centred, humanistic, psychodynamic, gestalt, cognitive and transactional etc. but for the client group of Open Road an integrative model of approach is desirable so that the individual needs of each unique client are met. This means that strands from each or any theoretical model are used for the benefit of the client.

There are a wide range of emotional distress, mental health issues and specific difficulties for our client group including: anxiety, depression, addictions, abuse, trauma, bereavement, loss, relationship difficulties, life changes, illness, sexual identification/orientation etc. Each counsellor needs to be flexible to each client’s needs.

Counselling is an integral aspect to the work of Open Road in encouraging individuals to face conflicts that have brought them into addiction.

It is a process where Clients together with their counsellor work at life changing decisions and take responsibility for these at whatever stage of their recovery which will include maintenance and relapse prevention.

Counsellors employ a variety of approaches all of which are Client focused rather than problem focused.

The counselling service at Open Road has helped and supported a large number of individuals to move forward with their lives.