The Counselling service at Swansea Carer’s Centre is a free service available to any carer within the City and County of Swansea.
My name is Christine Nutt and I am the Counsellor at the centre, we have one other counsellor who works here on one day a week.
If you are a carer aged 16 or over and If you feel you could benefit from talking to a counsellor you can call the Carer’s Centre and ask to speak to the Counsellor and just say that you would like to make an appointment. The counsellor tries wherever possible to see new referrals with two to three weeks.
Alternatively your G.P., practice nurse, CPN or district nurse, social worker or psychiatrist can refer you as long as you have given your permission for them to pass on your contact details so that the counsellor can contact you directly to arrange an appointment.
What can you expect?
There is no mystique about counselling – so I will just describe to you what would typically or usually happen in the process.
Confidentiality is paramount in the counselling process – and this will be discussed and agreed with you at the first session.
Sessions normally last between 50 minutes to an hour. If at any time you feel that you do not wish to carry on with the counselling then that will be fine – remember counselling isn’t for everyone – however, the talking therapies are considered to be one of the best ways of overcoming some difficulties in our lives.
The counsellor will try to help you to make decisions and choices about possible ways forward, sometimes there are no decisions to be made and you might just need a listening ear. Sometimes it may be of more help to you if you are referred to other sources of help but only if you are happy for that to happen.
All too often caring carries an emotional and physical price tag and the Counselling service at the carer’s centre will continue to offer support to ALL carers.