Stoptober is almost upon us, and millions of smokers across the country will be downing the cigarettes for 28 whole days! It is said that it takes 28 days for us to break a habit – so that should bode really well for those that manage to last the full term of Stoptober! Kismet-Hypno, as a provider of Stop Smoking services is (as always) here to support those looking to change their lives and stop smoking by offering:
If you or someone you know is taking part in Stoptober 2012, good luck from all of us here at Kismet-Hypno. We really want you to succeed and would love you to get in touch, download your free resources and ask any questions you may have about Stop Smoking!
The Kismet-Hypno Team
We will be attending a charity event at Cynthia Spencer Hospice in a fundraising event for the charity. The event will take place on 27th October 2012 and we will be providing relaxation sessions to the patients and staff and visitors.
This year the hospice needs to raise an extra £704,000 through donations and charitable fundraising, so it’s a mammoth task especially when you consider they still need to provide full-time care for the 200 in-patients.
If you would like to know more about the Hospice and what it does, here is a link to their website: http://www.cynthiaspencerhospice.nhs.uk/
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I was doing some research online and I stumbled across this article. What it’s basically saying is that a fatty breakfast in the morning can help you process fat for the rest of the day and when consumed in moderation and in conjunction with a healthy diet, can actually help you LOSE WEIGHT!
Have a read:
What do you think?! Anyone been eating fry-ups in the morning with a guilty conscious?
Counselling is a form of talking therapy that helps people achieve changes in their lives through understanding, guidance and support.
This page explains a little more about individual face-to-face counselling, how it can help and the kinds of problems it can help you overcome. This page does not cover families, groups or couples.
Contrary to popular belief, Counsellors are not there to give you advice. Instead, they are there to provide a comfortable, relaxed environment in which they can listen to what you have to say and comment on it in a professional capacity. This helps you gain insights into your own thoughts and feelings and behaviors and enables you to make changes, if necessary, to develop improved ways of living.
A Counselling session is a reliable time and space where you can open up and tackle difficult thoughts and feelings confidentially, in a non-judgemental and uninterrupted space. These sessions usually take place once a week and will go on for as many sessions as you feel you need.
How can Counselling help?
Clients often come to counselling because they are experiencing difficult or unwanted experiences. This can include things like grief following bereavement, feeling over stressed at work or at home, experiencing a relationship breakdown and much more.
Often, some of the symptoms a client is experiencing don’t seem connected to any particular event. It is in these kinds of situations where counselling comes into its own and will really help you explore and discover the root cause of the symptoms, allowing you to resolve and overcome it.
Sometimes clients seek counselling to help adapt to and come to terms with a physical injury, on-going illness or disability. As well as physical problems, counselling can also help address mental health disorders such as depression and eating disorders and can even work alongside help from your GP or psychiatrist.
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Confidentiality is the key to successful counselling, but there are a few exceptions to client – therapist confidentiality. Here is a summary of what they are.
Confidentiality is key to a successful counselling contract. Your therapist will always keep your details confidential to ensure your safety. Being able to open up to your therapist and remain comfortable that your details are safe means that you can confidently discuss sensitive issues effectively.
There are some exceptions which allow your counsellor to work responsibly:
- Counsellors are required to regularly discuss with a supervisor (an experienced counsellor or psychotherapist) in order to ensure their ideas for how to guide and support you are suitable. The supervisor will also respect your confidentiality and often counsellors will not refer to their clients by name. Counselling is essential to ensuring you receive a great quality of care, and it is seen as unethical for a counsellor to practice without it.
- If a counsellor is concerned about the safety of a client or a third party, it may be necessary for them to contact the relevant authority as a precaution. Whether that be your GP, a psychiatrist or even the Police. Most counsellors have a policy of informing their clients of their intentions beforehand.
- If counsellor is required to provide evidence in court about a client, then they are legally obliged to provide it.
- Sometimes confidentiality is retained via a blanket policy, such as in an organisation. This means that no information leaves the organisation, but is available to those within the organisation. This would be the case in a GP surgery for example.
Your counsellor should be happy to explain confidentiality arrangements with you should you require an explaination.
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Depending on the provider, counselling can be either time-limited or open-ended. Counselling services provided by the NHS are often time limited to 6-12 sessions, whereas private sessions are usually open-ended and will continue for as long as you feel you need them to.
With open-ended thearapy, what will usually happen is that you will have a regular “review session” with your counsellor to assess your level of progress and discuss how much farther you need to progress to achieve your goal. Following this session, your counsellor will then draw up a contract with the mutually-discussed estimated amount of sessions on it and then the next review session will happen around the time that amount of sessions has elapsed.
Time-limited counselling means that you have to be very focused on resolving a single problem. There is much debate in the counselling world whether rushing an individual through their sessions is good for the client, but there is only a limited budget in the NHS (for example) and they are unable to fund vast amounts of sessions per individual.
Got any thoughts on the subject? It would be great to hear from you!
It’s important that counselling is something that is going to work for you…
It’s difficult to assess whether counselling would work for you, without experiencing it first. This is the reason most counsellors offer a free consultation where you can go and talk with the counsellor before undergoing any sessions with them. This serves as a chance not only for you to ask any questions you may have about the counsellor, their credentials and way of working; but also a chance for the counsellor to assess if and how you would respond to their chosen method of working.
What most counsellors have in common is the understanding of boundaries. This is critical to the way counselling works. This includes things such as an emphasis on arriving to your sessions on time (or preferably early), ending on time, paying on time and minimal contact outside of the session. These boundaries are in place to help ensure that your therapy is as effective and focused as possible, so if you don’t think you can adhere to simple boundaries such as those mentioned above, then counselling probably isn’t for you. However these are simple boundaries that almost anyone can follow easily and with little change to their present lifestyle.
Most importantly though, you need to be happy that the counsellor’s credentials are legitimate and ensure that you feel comfortable enough to work with them.
If you have any thoughts or feedback on this article, please feel free to contact me or leave a reply! I look forward to hearing from you!
Ensuring your counsellor is legitmate is important! Here’s some helpful hints
While it’s not always available through the NHS, counselling services are available through many other sources. Many businesses now have Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) and can often refer employees to an in-house counsellor or refer them to a private individual or clinic. You can also access counselling through your GP, through a voluntary organisation or in a private capacity based on qualifications or personal recommendations.
To be a qualified counsellor, the individual must be registered with a regulatory body, such as the National Counselling Society or the BACP. These bodies will only accept individuals who have met their qualifying criteria which includes an element of study as well as supervised practice sessions. Don’t be worried about asking a counsellor about their professional qualifications and checking them out – you have to be sure you are getting the support of a trained professional. Legitimate counsellors will be happy to provide details for you to be able to verify with the organisation concerned.
As well as private individual counsellors, there are also Umbrella Organisations which list and advertise accredited therapists. Often these organisations will only accept individuals with a certain qualification, and again these should be made clear to you either on their website or in their literature.
Protection against bad practice.
As previously mentioned, each legitimate, professional counsellor will be registered with a professional body. This body will have a Code of Ethics in place as well as a complaints procedure. Although codes of ethics vary, the fundamentals state that a counsellor should never take advantage of a client either sexually, emotionally or financially. Failure to abide by the code of ethics can often result in expulsion from the regulatory body.
So in summary, make sure to check your Counsellor out! Make sure they are registered with a regulatory body and attend a consultation with them to see if they are someone you can work with (post in this coming soon).
If you have any questions or comments to add to this post, please feel free to reply! We’d love to hear from you!
In celebration of my recent Charity Abseil, we are pleased to announce that we have recently managed to secure our second contradeal with the Pinnacle Centre, Northampton!
For those of you who don’t know, the Pinnacle is Northampton’s haven for climbers as it is the only indoor climbing center of it’s type here. Catering for absolute beginners right up to climbing experts, the Pinnacle provides climbing tuition, events, and more.
Special offer for Kismet-Hypno Clients:
We have teamed up with the Pinnacle Centre to bring you discounted rates on tuition in order to help our clients get involved and get active!
Following completion of your sessions with Kismet-Hypno, you will be entitled to £25 off a beginners Climbing course with the Pinnacle Centre.*
The beginners course at the Pinnacle Centre is held over the course of 3 weeks, in groups of 12-15. This means that you are in a group of beginners and are able to support and encourage eachother on the wall. It’s a fantastic introduction to the sport and is designed to enable you to quickly become a confident, proficient climber!
We will soon be launching a campaign aimed at getting suffers of Vertigo involved in climbing – more details to come soon!
We hope that you want to take advantage of this superb offer! Hope to speak to many of you soon!
Bye for now!
*In order to be able to climb at the centre, you must first undertake their introduction to climbing lesson which is priced at £30 p/h for up to 2 people.