Heart to Heart Counselling Service
For more information contact Sally Thomas on 07484 761 017
Having a heart condition, or finding you are at risk of developing one, can mean you struggle with:
- Unwelcome changes in your life
- Difficulties in relationships
- Feeling low or anxious
- Coping with how others now see you
Counselling offers you a safe, confidential place to talk about these kinds of issues and how they are impacting you. It allows you to talk with a trained professional who will listen empathically and work with you to improve things.The type of counselling offered at Heart to Heart is called Person Centred counselling.Counselling takes place at the Cardiac Rehab centre in Alton, Hampshire. The service is available to Cardiac Rehab exercisers and the general public; your concern does not have to be related to a cardiac issue.
Frequency and duration of counselling
Your first session will include exploration of what is bringing you to counselling and discussion about how the process works. You then decide whether counselling feels right for you and your counsellor will assess whether they are the right person to help you.If you would like to carry on with counselling a working agreement is put in place and a time agreed to meet at the Cardiac Rehab centre normally weekly, for 50 minutes, on Thursdays. The work will always be reviewed after 6 weeks and longer term work agreed if appropriate. You can stop at any point.
Walk and Talk
If you would like the option to do walk and talk counselling outside this can be discussed during the work.
About the Counsellor
The counsellor is Sally Thomas. Sally is fully qualified with over 7 years experience and a BA (Hons) Degree in Person Centred counselling. She is a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abides by their ethical guidelines.You can read more about BACP at: www.bacp.co.uk
Sally has regular clinical supervision for her counselling work. She holds professional liability insurance and undertakes regular training to keep her skills and knowledge up to date.
Confidentiality in counselling means that what you talk about in sessions is not shared with anyone else.
Exceptions to this are:
- If you tell your counsellor that there is a serious and imminent risk of harm to you or another person.
- If you tell your counsellor about offences which are against the law or part of a court case.
In both cases, and where possible, the counsellor would discuss the situation with you before any information is given to anyone else.
To ensure she is working ethically and supported in her work, Sally is required by her professional body to meet regularly with a qualified supervisor. She may talk about aspects of your work together but your identity will not be divulged.
The first 50 minute session is offered free of charge. Ongoing weekly sessions last 50 minutes and cost £40 per session.
"My first impressions were of a quiet, gentle, approachable lady. I was given clear information about her style of counselling. Sally was an extremely good listener – I never felt under pressure and was given very well supported time to express myself." AP, 2017