What happens in a wellbeing consultancy assessment?

Whether you chose our guided self-help or CBT service your assessment will be very similar. This is because both of these therapies use the same cognitive behavioural principles. If you have chosen to have CBT your assessment might involve looking at some of your issues or background in more detail. If you have chosen to have guided self-help you may be asked to focus on one or two specific issues.

You will be asked a number of questions in order to understand your current situation. The questions asked will vary from person to person but will be concerned with understanding how your issues affect your life and relationships. You will be given time to discuss your problems and things that you would like help with.

The wellbeing consultant will give you some short questionnaires that are used to collect a lot of information in a short period of time. They will explain what they are for and interpret the results with you. Questionnaires are a great way to show progress and are often taken at assessment and again at your last appointment. It can be very helpful to see the specific changes you have made during therapy.

It is likely that your wellbeing consultant will take notes during the assessment to help them formulate your problems. The notes are recordings of what you have said and you can see these notes if you would like.


What happens after a guided self-help assessment?

After your assessment the wellbeing consultant will write to you summarising your concerns. They will have spent time thinking about your issues and goals and have selected materials to help you. A pack containing the materials will be posted to you along with any reading or tasks they would like you to do before your next session.

In the sessions you will work with the wellbeing consultant to discuss the information and techniques from your pack and how you will utilise them. Sessions are often used to seek clarification on anything and reflect on the tasks you have done between sessions. It is important to actively use your materials between sessions or you may not have anything to discuss with the wellbeing consultant.

Sessions will typically be two weeks apart to allow time to use your materials.


Why use counselling?

Talking through your thoughts and feelings can help you to explore them and the effect they have on your behaviour and your mood. You can focus on particular issues in your life as it is now or explore wider themes.

The counselling is led by you and the counsellor will support you to identify how you wish to use your time together.

It can be easier to talk to someone who is not involved in your life to get another perspective. Sometimes we can feel that our thoughts might worry or upset family members or friends.

Counselling can provide the opportunity to talk openly and not have to worry about the impact on the other person.


How might counselling make me feel?

Counselling is a very personal process. Sometimes it is necessary to talk about painful feelings or difficult decisions, so you could go through a period of feeling worse than when you started. However, counselling should help you feel better in the long-run.

It can also make you feel positive and engaged with your life and what is happening around you. It can give you a language to describe how you are feeling and what sense you make of your world.

It can help you to understand your motivations and actions. This can also help you to communicate better with and understand other people such as family and friends.


What if I do not feel comfortable with the counsellor?

As counselling is such a personal experience this can happen. We do not get on with everyone we meet. It would be helpful if you could talk with the counsellor about any uncomfortable feelings you have. Counsellors understand that it is important for the client to feel at ease and so will not be offended if this happens.

You can get back in touch with us and we can arrange for you to meet another counsellor. There is a team of counsellors at resolve so it should be relatively easy to arrange this.


What happens during a course of cognitive behaviour therapy?

CBT is a short-term therapy that usually lasts between 4 – 20 sessions depending on the severity of your problems. It is a client-active therapy that requires you to work on your issues between sessions, in addition to in-session.

It is different to counselling, which is non-directive, empathetic and supportive. Although the wellbeing consultant will offer support and empathy, CBT has a specific structure, is problem-focused and offers practical skills for coping.

Once you have identified the goals you want to achieve you will work with the wellbeing consultant to reach them. An example of a goal set during a CBT course could be, ‘I want better manage my worry so that it doesn’t keep me awake at night’.


If I’m honest about my issues, will my counsellor/psychologist think I’m crazy?

Absolutely not. It can be difficult to discuss your issues and thoughts with a stranger and it is very common to be concerned about telling people how you really feel because of a fear of what they will think.

Although our thoughts and feelings can be deeply distressing to us it is very unusual for the team not to have heard similar issues before, especially if you are struggling with common problems like anxiety or depression. All of our team are trained in mental health and are here to listen in a non-judgemental way.


How are psychologists (wellbeing consultants) and counsellors different?

There is considerable overlap between counsellors and psychologists and they often work with the same groups of people. They have different training and often use different perspectives but both have the aim of helping clients improve wellbeing.

Counsellors work collaboratively with individuals to explore underlying problems that may have caused distress. They empower clients to make decisions for themselves to improve their sense of personal wellbeing. They work with issues including bereavement, relationships problems and other significant life events.

Psychologists have a scientific background so often use therapeutic approaches with a strong evidence base (e.g. CBT). Their work is focused on mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Psychologists tend to focus on identifying and solving problems that are maintaining a person's problems. They are usually more concerned with your current situation rather than examining your past in a lot of detail.


I really think your wellbeing service would be good for my friend, how do I get them an appointment?

When we care about people we want to offer them support and help. We may feel that we cannot provide them with what they need and want to suggest specialist support.

However, for any therapy to work effectively the client has to take the step of approaching a service themselves. Trying to make someone go or putting pressure on them to seek support will probably back fire. They may feel angry with you and see it as interfering rather than helping.

By providing information such as this website link you can introduce a wellbeing service as an option and one that they may or may not choose to take up. This is more likely to be seen as helpful and supportive.

What people say about us….

"I feel I can now cope with the challenges life throws at me."

"Everything suddenly made sense, I felt like I was trapped in a vicious circle and that I had no way of changing how depressed I was feeling.  I now know ways I can stop this and have tools to help me manage my feelings."

"I found the consultant easy to talk to, and she made the materials clear and easy to understand."

"Counselling has helped to improve my self-esteem and feel more relaxed."

"Counselling has helped me to understand myself better and become more trusting in my relationship with others."