Counselling

Our fully qualified counselling teams work both in schools and in our own offices. We work with children from 4 to 18 and their families. We offer individual counselling, play therapy, and family therapy.

Fegans’ counsellors come from a variety of backgrounds; humanistic, psycho-dynamic, integrative and systemic and all are registered with the BACP and abide by their ethical framework.

Fees for counselling

Children’s Counselling

Description: 1-1 sessions with a fully qualified BACP counsellor in schools and Fegans’ centres
Used for: Anxiety, bereavement, bullying, self-harm, eating disorders, abuse and abuse survivor, depression, trauma, family breakdown
Timescale:  Typically 12 weeks depending on the nature, complexity and depth of the issue
Price: £35 per hour – refer

Adult counselling

Description: 1-1 sessions with a fully qualified BACP counsellor in Fegans’ centres
Used for: Anxiety, bereavement, self-harm, eating disorders, domestic violence and abuse survivor, depression, trauma, family breakdown
Timescale:  Typically 12 weeks depending on the nature, complexity and depth of the issue
Price: £35 per hour – refer

 

Fegans operates a bursary scheme for families unable to meet the whole cost of counselling. If finance presents a barrier to you accessing support please raise this when contacting us.

What is counselling?

During our lifetimes, most people experience difficulties and distress. Counselling is an opportunity to build a safe, trusting relationship with a trained or qualified professional so that you can discuss anything that is troubling you in a safe, confidential, non-judgmental environment. At Fegans, all of our counsellors are qualified professionals. The counsellor will help you to look at your issues, explore options, and find ways of coping with and resolving your difficulties.

Children can be helped to work through their difficulties by the use of play therapy, where the therapist offers a safe place to express troubling emotions in a creative and therapeutic way using play.

 

Here are some helpful links from the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapists)

Key fact sheet 1 [PDF] explains more about what therapy should be like and what therapists should do.

YouTube video https://youtu.be/t-olXvqgttk. This gives an interesting overview of the wider use of therapy among the UK public, the differences in how people like to access help, and what other people find therapy useful for.

Do you work with children with additional needs / in special schools?

Yes, we have counsellors in special schools and many of the counsellors work with and support vulnerable children in mainstream school, many of whom do have additional needs.

Do you provide group counselling?

Most of our work is one to one as the issues we deal with in sessions are complex and personal.

You are a Christian charity, do you evangelise?

No we do not. Our counsellors are members of the BACP and abide by their guidelines.

How long do you work with clients?

There are no restrictions for time spent with a counsellor, it is very client led so counselling continues for as short or as long as needed. On average a client is seen for around 12 sessions but this can be much shorter or longer depending on the complexity of issues involved.

Are parents notified of what is discussed in a counselling session?

The child is entitled to confidentiality in the same way as an adult client would be, however the child is free to discuss anything from the session with their parent or carer.  If the counsellor identifies issues that would be healthy for the child to discuss with their parent they would encourage the child to do so.

How can I access Fegans’ parenting support services?

Individual parenting support can be accessed through Early Help.  You can be referred to Early Help through schools, GPs, Social Services and Children’s Centres.

If schools feel there is sufficient demand for support amongst parents, the school can use their budget to co-ordinate Fegans’ group parenting sessions.