A safe space to talk with someone who can help you gain a deeper understanding of what you're going through
Counselling is not a magic solution but it can help you to gain a deeper understanding of what you are going through and hopefully make a positive difference to your life and the lives of those around you.
The main benefit of counselling is that it gives you a safe space set apart from everyday life to talk things through with someone who is removed from the issues.
We offer up to 12 sessions for carers. Working with your counsellor regularly, you can talk about things that are affecting you and your caring role. This can help you explore other ways in which you may be able to deal with any issues or situations.
The steps to getting counselling
Criteria for Counselling Support
- This service is only available for people over the age of 16.
- The counselling service operates on a donations basis, which goes directly to fund the counselling service.
- Counselling is offered for 12 weekly sessions.
Each session lasts for 50 minutes.
- All counsellors used by the service are either fully trained to Diploma level, or current Diploma students. Counsellors also receive regular supervision sessions and abide by the BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) Code of Ethics.
- Counselling sessions are held in the Dundee Carers Centre building.
How to apply
You could also speak to your Support Worker about making a referral.
As there are only a limited number of counsellors and times available, there is a waiting list but we do our best to keep you informed and try to keep waiting times down.
Questions we've been asked
What happens at the first appointment?
Your first appointment is called an initial assessment and is not a counselling session. We hold this session to find out what you would like from counselling and if our counselling service is the most appropriate service for your needs. Our suggested contributions and gift aid will be spoken about during this session as well.
If our service is right for you, you will then be put on a waiting list and when a counsellor becomes free with your available day(s) and times you will be contacted to be offered an appointment. If our service is not best suited to your needs we will signpost you if requested.
How much does counselling cost?
We ask all clients if they are able to make a weekly donation to this service. We understand not everyone will be able to do this and it does not affect your sessions. All donations will go to the running of the Counselling service.
Suggested donations based on annual income:
- Unwaged: £0 – £3
- £5,000 to £15,000: £3 – £10
- £15,000 to £25,000: £10- £25
- £25,000+: £25- £35
On your first meeting, you will be asked to complete a Gift Aid form allowing us to reclaim 25p tax back for every £1 donated.
How confidential is counselling?
Your counsellor will record brief notes of sessions which will be checked over by the Lead Counsellor. However, all notes will be completely anonymous and kept separate from any personal details that might be used to identify you.
We only pass things onto workers with your consent, an exception to this is where we believe there is a risk of harm to yourself or another.