Life can be difficult
It can be scary, or get you down, sometimes you might feel anxious or confused. Your family and friends can sometimes help by giving you support and understanding, but sometimes it is helpful to talk to someone else.
Counselling can give you an opportunity to talk to someone you don’t know, someone who is impartial and not involved in your situation. Counselling at Base 51 is likely to be different from other types of support or advice you may have had before. A counsellor will not tell you what to do or make judgements about you or what you do. They will try to understand you and will try to support you to find your own answers.
Counselling is different for different people. Sometimes people find that counselling helps them to feel better and achieve their goals very quickly. For other people they may feel worse before they feel better. The outcome of counselling may not always be what you expect, but hopefully it will be positive.
The type of counselling we offer at Base 51 is based on the ‘Person Centred Approach’. What this means is that we support you to decide what you want to do and how you want to do it. We won’t just sit there and make you do all the work, but we also won’t tell you what to do (because we think you probably have enough people in your life telling you that already!)
We try to keep waiting times as short as possible. Sometimes you might have to wait for a couple of weeks until you initially see a counsellor. After you have been in once we try to allocate you to a suitable counsellor as quickly as possible, ideally within a further two weeks when we can. How many sessions we offer you will depend on why you come to the counselling service; we try to make this as individual as possible because not every person is the same. We will discuss this with you during your assessment so that you get an idea of the amount of support we can offer you. We will initially offer 6 sessions if you are accepted into the service. This is then reviewed and you and your counsellor will discuss if counselling is still beneficial, and if so you can then often continue for an additional 6 sessions. If you are over 18 the maximum session we can usually offer you is 12. If you are under 18 we can sometimes offer you more – it all depends on what support you need.
There is an age limit, based on the services that we offer within Base 51. You can access the counselling service from the ages of 12 to 25.
Appointment times are generally between 9am and 7pm from Monday to Friday. We have very few times outside of these. If you need a time outside of these let us know and we will let you know if we have anything that may be suitable for you. We also run drop-in sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6pm and Wednesdays 6-8pm where you can come to the NGY myplace building and speak with a counsellor. This is offered on a first come first seen basis, so please try and arrive just before 4pm ( Tuesdays and Thursdays) or 6pm (on Wednesdays) as spaces can often be limited. Due to availability of staffing please check that drop-in is running before setting out to the NGY building, you can check by phoning us on 0115 9525040
The counselling service is run by a counselling coordinator and a part time counsellor. These two people are then supported by a team of volunteer counsellors who work with many of the young people in the service. Most of the volunteers in the service are in the final stages of their training, and are very experienced. We will always try to assign you to a counsellor that we think you will feel comfortable with and that has enough experience to support you with whatever problems you are facing.
Confidentiality is really important to counselling relationships and we take it very seriously here at Base 51. Many of you may not want people to know you are here or for your parents or friends to find out what we are talking about. We offer a service where young people are free to talk safely without fear of rejection, criticism, or blame. All information that you disclose to a counsellor at Base 51 will remain confidential within the organisation, (except when there is a concern over your safety or that of another person, or where by law we are required to disclose information). This is something that is discussed at the start of your assessment with the counsellor to ensure that you are happy with the level of confidentiality that can be offered and to answer any questions you might have.
Do I need counselling?
If you are experiencing difficulties or just feel unhappy (you do not have to know why) then talking to someone else can often help. We work with all the other services at Base 51 so between us we can offer a wide range of support.
If you want to access the counselling service, you can either attend at one of our counselling drop in sessions (places are on a first come first served basis). Alternatively, you can download and complete the referral form and we can arrange an appointment.Download a referral form
What things can counselling help with?There are many things young people use counselling to talk about including;
> Feeling isolated or alone
> Being bullied
> Feeling confused
> Thoughts of suicide
> Problems at school or at home
> Loss or bereavement
> Sexual abuse
> Issues around food
> Drugs and alcohol use
> Feeling depressed or anxious
> Managing feelings, including anger