Counselling offers a safe and confidential space for you to talk about any problems or concerns you may be experiencing. At times when we are going through stressful life events, we can go through many different thoughts and feelings which can be difficult to manage. During these periods it can be helpful to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours in a safe environment, with a qualified counsellor who is separate to your circle of friends and family.
Counsellors are skilled in talking about difficult subject matters, so talking to a professional counsellor can make it less awkward to reveal deep-rooted thoughts and feelings, allowing you to develop a clearer understanding of yourself and others. Working with a counsellor can help you to voice your thoughts and feelings rather than bottling them up inside, which may lead to depression, anxiety, stress and illness. Through talking, you will have the opportunity to reflect and process your feelings and thoughts at your own pace.
Counselling can also promote greater self-esteem and assertiveness, decrease anxiety and depression, and give you the ability to set boundaries for you and others.
Avenue’s Counsellors work within the BACP and COSCA ethical frameworks.
Sessions are 50 minutes long and can be delivered by zoom or face-to-face. This may depend on where you live.
How many sessions you will need will depend on your particular circumstances, but we typically start with the expectation that you will have 6 sessions. We can review this with you as the counselling progresses.
When you speak to our Service Administration team to arrange your sessions, they will ask you what donation you would like to make towards the cost of your Counselling.
Our suggested donation is £40 per session as this is what it costs us to deliver Counselling. There is no expectation for people on benefits or a low income to make a donation. However, please consider contributing what you can. We are a charity and we work hard to make sure that anyone who needs our support can access our services. Any donation you can make will help us to ensure that we can get help to the people who need it most.
Please be aware that we can only offer Counselling to people who live in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire or Moray.
We are able to offer free and reduced cost Counselling thanks to the support of a range of funders, including: National Lottery Awards for All, Aberdeen City Common Good Fund, Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership, Aberdeenshire Council, Budge Foundation, Cattanach Trust, CNOOC International Community Fund, Moray Council and the Scottish Government.
I had a wife, two great teenage children, a decent job and earned a good salary. I thought everything was going ok, but I started having problems sleeping. Then there were some aches and pains in my neck and back, nothing serious but enough to pray on my mind. I was becoming more and more tired and when I got home from work, I just sat in front of the t.v. I couldn’t be bothered doing anything so I presumed I was coming down with something and it would go away.
After a lot of pushing from my wife, I saw the doctor. He said I had depression. I didn’t believe him and ignored all his suggestions, but I kept getting worse and couldn’t snap out of it. I felt like such a failure and so ashamed. I was very dismissive when I heard about people with depression. I suppose I thought they were weak or just lazy. It certainly wasn’t something that would happen to me. But it did and it was very frightening.
Eventually I realised I needed help and that was the best decision I ever made. My recovery took quite a while, but I owe my return to health to the support of my family, counsellor and doctor. I couldn’t have got through it without them. Now I see people with mental health problems very differently and I hope my story will encourage them to ask for help. At certain points during my illness, I was ready to give up completely. I’m so grateful I didn’t.