We have a minimum requirement of £10.00 for each session but we can refer you to other counselling agencies who offer a free service.

We have three locations, Stop & Talk (Fife) Office / Counselling space and two locations in St Andrews. We offer appointments in Anstruther on Tuesday and Wednesday. Families First St Andrews Location in Rose Lane is available for counselling sessions which take place on a Wednesday and the St Andrews Community Hospital is available for Counselling Sessions which take place on a Thursday. When you book your appointment, our Administrator will confirm which location you should go to. The three locations offer a comfortable quiet room where you will be able to relax and have a confidential appointment with your Counsellor.

We cannot offer a home visiting service but your GP could offer other alternatives such a local community psychiatric nurse.

They can do this but you will need to arrange the payments as counsellors will not breach confidentiality by speaking with your family.  You can speak to your counsellor as to how these payments can be made.

Your counsellor can give you some help lines so you can talk on the telephone and there are additional links on the website also. For example: Samaritans 24 hour helpline: 08457 90 90 90

Counselling can open up lots of past and present emotions which can lead to getting upset but your counsellor is with you in holding and supporting the process of working through your issue each week.

A counsellor will work with you to explore what you are coming to counselling for and  using talking therapy as a tool can often lead a client to finding their own answers.

In the first instance we would encourage you to share this with the counsellor but appreciate this is not always easy therefore would ask you to inform us about this on the feedback questionnaire each client is given at the end of their work with a counsellor.   If you feel there is a reason for a formal complaint, you can do this through the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) website: www.bacp.co.uk /prof_conduct.

 

A therapeutic relationship can be helpful in having someone listen to you and help you work with the difficulties in your life – this can be past or present. Some clients may say ‘I’m not sure what happened in these sessions but I am feeling more positive about myself and ready to move on’.  OR ‘I need this space to talk about my issues which are too embarrassing to talk to anyone else about’. Or ‘I appreciate the trust, respect and non judgemental space for me to explore my behaviour each way – it helps me make sense of it all’!

This will be decided with your counsellor and you during your counselling work. There are some clients who may need more and others who may benefit from a break and can go back on the waiting list.  Others may be simply finished before or find the 12 sessions is adequate.

We have two locations, both in St Andrews. The Families First Location in Rose Lane is available for counseeling sessions which take place on a Wednesday and the St Andrews Community Hospital is available for Counselling Sessions which take place on a Thursday. When you book your appointment, the Administrator will confirm which location you should go to. Both locations offer a comfortable quiet room where you will be able to relax and have a Confidential appointment with your Counsellor

We have a minimum requirement of £10 for each session but we can refer you to other counselling agencies who offer a free service.

 

No. We ask all clients to try and give us at least 24 hours notice. Your counselling place will remain available for you. If we do not hear from you, we aim to contact you twice and if there is no response, your place will go to someone else on the waiting list.

Counselling and therapy offer a variety of positive benefits which can enhance your life greatly. Exploring your thoughts with a professional, non-judgmental person can make you feel less alone and more able to sort out your thoughts in a productive way. When thoughts are disorganized, it can be challenging to make good choices: counselling is a collaborative and confidential relationship, which works to develop a realistic plan to help you move forward and grow to achieve the results you are looking for.

The benefits of counseling can include a greater degree of self-awareness and understanding of yourself and others. This improves self-esteem, and becomes reflective in your personal relationships. Life may feel more enjoyable and fun! You can feel better about yourself and who you are. You can work toward a clear direction, achievable goals and gain confidence in the process.