When and where are the counselling sessions?

Counselling sessions all take place at our premises in Gosport Street Lymington during office hours. We do our best to find a day and time that is convenient for you, and once the counselling is arranged this will be your regular weekly slot.

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Is Compass a Professional Service?

Compass has been established in Lymington since 1998 and is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) the largest professional body in the UK for counselling and psychotherapy. All our counsellors have received professional training and are at various stages of their careers.

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How much will the counselling cost?

Individual 1-1 counselling sessions cost 45 each. However Compass is a charity rather than a business and we aim to provide counselling to everyone regardless of their ability to pay. Therefore we offer a sliding scale of fees, and we have a fund to provide assistance to those who are unwaged.

Group sessions cost 20 each for 1.5 hours. Unfortunately it is not possible to offer reduced rates for the group.

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How do I know the sessions are confidential?

Everything you say in your counselling sessions remains confidential to Compass. The only exception to this may be in the rare circumstance when we are extremely concerned about you or a child in your care. Any personal information about you is kept anonymously under lock and key.

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Who is suitable for counselling?

Compass offers individual counselling to adults over the age of 18. People come to Compass in order to address emotional, personal or relationship problems. These include:

  • Lack of confidence
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulties in sustaining relationships
  • Bereavement and other losses
  • Physical illness
  • Difficulty in expressing feelings
  • Loneliness
  • Psycho-sexual problems
  • Issues relating to abuse or unhappiness in childhood
  • Stress at work
  • Eating disorder
  • Family relationship problems

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  • Which models of Counselling do you offer?

    Compass offers:
    • One to one open-ended once weekly psychodynamic psychotherapy
    • One to one short term psychodynamic therapy: up to 12 weekly sessions with an agreed and specific focus
    • Group Therapy: once a week open-ended psychodynamic therapy in a group of up to 8 people
    • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT): 6-8 individual weekly sessions addressing thinking patterns and styles

    Group Therapy helps those who find it difficult to relate to or sustain relationships with other people, feel lonely, anxious or isolated, lack confidence communicating with other people or have difficulty expressing or discussing feelings with other people.

    Many people find that the therapy group is a safe place to explore these issues and see if they can improve their connections.

    Psychodynamic counselling is an in-depth talking therapy which works towards understanding the person you have come to be, by looking at influences from your past, including on an unconscious level.

    CBT is a shorter-term strategy which aims to turn negative, self-defeating thinking processes into more positive, constructive ones.

    These two different approaches may suit different personalities or different issues, or may be combined in one therapy according to your individual needs. You're welcome to ask us more about this when you come to Compass for your Initial Consultation.

    At present, we are unable to offer couple, or family counselling.

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    Will you help me decide which model is best for me?

    Before offering therapy sessions we will arrange an initial consultation interview, of around 90 minutes, to explore your needs and expectations and whether the services we offer could help you. We will then be able to recommend what we believe will be the most appropriate approach for you. Sometimes a further consultation may be necessary before we are able to make a final recommendation.

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    What if you think your services are not appropriate for me?

    In that case we will recommend alternative approaches that you may want to consider.

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    What can I do if I am unhappy with my counselling?

    Compass have a complaints procedure which is available on request.

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