Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association
"Supporting those affected by eating disorders"
Low cost Counselling
How can counselling help?
Counselling gives you the opportunity to explore the issues underlying your eating disorder, to work through the distress and difficulties that these cause and to explore and manage how food is used to cope with them.
Who is it for?
Our counselling service is available for all those affected by eating disorders. You may be experiencing anorexia, bulimia or compulsive overeating; you may have recovered from your eating disorder yet feel the need for support or you may be a carer - a partner, relative or friend of someone with an eating disorder and feel that you need support for yourself.
What happens in sessions?
You will be offered an initial session which will give you the chance to talk and identify areas of your life, feelings and behaviour that you would like to work on. You can also find out more about counselling and what is involved and decide whether it is the best option for you at the present time. If you decide to go forward with counselling you will be offered 6 sessions to meet with your counsellor. They will encourage and support you in gradually working towards change.
You may wish to explore and work with uncomfortable feelings, consider options regarding behaviour, work on developing self-worth, look at difficult relationships or any other aspect of your life that is causing distress.
Sessions will be weekly and will run for an hour. Each time you complete a block of 6 sessions you will have the opportunity to look at the journey you have taken and decide with your counsellor whether to continue for a further 6 sessions or come to an ending.
What will it cost?
SWEDA operates a sliding scale of costs relative to your income; this will be discussed with you when you attend your initial session. Those on benefits will be offered a minimum fee.
There is a £20 charge for your initial session. You can spread some of the initial meeting costs over the first 6 week period if you wish.
What should I do next?
For further information about the Low Cost Counselling Service contact Anita Worcester on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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