Shooting Star Chase counselling

At Shooting Star Chase we have team of experienced and fully qualified counsellors, as well as counsellors who practise in a voluntary capacity, who offer support to the whole family if required. Counselling offers the time and space to discuss concerns and consider issues that may prevent you from getting on with your day to day life. Counsellors do not make judgements or provide answers, but offer support to help you find your own way forward.

Sessions usually take place weekly and last for approximately one hour. They can be arranged at Shooting Star House or Christopher’s, or in the family’s own home and are offered to young people accessing the service; parents/carers; grandparents; brothers and sisters; couples and other involved relatives.

What happens in counselling?
Before counselling starts, an appointment will be arranged to meet with one of the counsellors for an initial assessment session. This gives both parties the opportunity to discuss how needs can best be met. If it is agreed that counselling will be beneficial, further sessions will be arranged. However, if counselling is not suitable at that time, together it will be decided what other options will be of most use.

In a safe environment, individuals are encouraged to explore what is happening in their lives. Pressure is never placed upon anyone to talk about concerns that they wish to keep private. The emphasis is upon supporting each individual to work at their own pace and discuss issues that are important to them.

Why do families come for counselling at Shooting Star Chase?
People attend counselling for many different reasons. Sometimes, when families first come to Shooting Star Chase, they may be struggling to come to terms with a child’s diagnosis and counselling can help with the process of adjusting to that news. It can also help with the stress of living with a child who maybe unwell, along with dealing with the effect upon other children, extended family members, significant relationships and trying to balance work related issues. Families are also seen in their bereavement for counselling.

Confidentiality
Information shared with the counsellor will be treated as confidential. This will be discussed in more detail during your first appointment.

Counselling Practice
The counsellors work within the ethical guidelines of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy or the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. They attend regular ongoing clinical supervision as part of their practice.