We help couples in providing a confidential and supportive counselling service.
Why have counselling?
Counselling can help you address problems and difficulties together by talking to someone who is professionally trained to listen and offer support.
Counselling can help couples face difficulties with
- present life events (e.g. children – including first babies & teenagers, retirement, job loss/change)
- ageing parents
- impact of employment/unemployment
- sexual difficulties
- domestic abuse / violence
- step families
- impact of childhood events
and many other aspects on couple relationships.
How often would I attend counselling and for how long?
Counselling may last for a few weeks (short term counselling) or may be extended over a longer period of time (open ended counselling) depending on circumstances.
Sessions last 50 minutes and are held weekly.
What happens when you contact us?
Following contact with us, an initial session is arranged to talk over the problems and the reasons for coming. This first appointment lasts 50 minutes where you both meet the counsellor together. During this time the counsellor will learn about your couple difficulties, you will get to experience how the counsellor works with you, and both you, your partner and the counsellor will get to understand and discuss if this therapy is right for you at this time.
After this session, if all are agreeable, the counsellor may ask to meet with each individual separately in subsequent sessions in order to learn each individual’s points of view about the relationship and their individual history.
Finally, the counsellor will meet with the couple again for everyone to discuss what they believe should be the focus of the counselling work, having gained some insight into the relationship during these initial sessions.
How much does it cost?
Chichester Counselling is a registered charity and a non-profit making organisation that receives no financial support from the Government or National Health Service. It costs us approximately £60 to provide a couples counselling session.
We rely on clients making a contribution of what they are willing and able to afford and you will have an opportunity to talk with a counsellor about your contribution for weekly counselling at the first appointment.
Our charitable aim is to provide affordable counselling and no-one is excluded from counselling because they cannot afford to contribute the full cost of counselling.
If we cannot help you we will do our best to refer to an agency or individual who can.