Counselling in Cornwall – BACP Registered – Person-Centred Counsellor
If you are looking for a counsellor or therapist in Cornwall, visit Billy Smith Counselling. My practice offers a person-centred, professional counselling and therapy service that has helped people overcome their problems since 2013. The practice provides face-to-face, one to one counselling, and telephone, and online counselling.
Why is counselling important? Some people think it’s just a waste of time, but I bet they’re the same type of person who will read this article and not take any action. It’s never too late to start taking steps towards solving your problems!
Billy Smith Counselling provides affordable counselling and therapy services for adults and young people to help them come to terms with past experiences positively. For example;
- couples counselling,
- life changes,
- low self-esteem,
- panic attacks,
- relationship issues,
- teenage support.
and more to free your emotional lives.
I offer sessions face to face in Truro, Helston, Redruth, Camborne and Falmouth and online sessions for the rest of Cornwall. A fully qualified counsellor and therapist, I am BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) registered and follow their Code of Ethics. Let me guide you towards positive change.
Need to talk? I’m here for you.
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Life can be challenging, particularly during this pandemic, and I want to help. Consequently, due to COVID, I am offering a low-cost counselling and therapy service to help with your well being, mental health and any difficulties you may be facing.
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Person-centred counselling and therapy.
If you are looking for counselling, person-centred counselling can help. This type of therapy focuses on the individual’s needs and wants rather than what society expects. It helps people find the answers they need so they can live their lives more fully.
For more information, take a look at this post about person-centred counselling and therapy.
Counselling and therapy- an accepting and confidential space.
As your counsellor and therapist, I will,
- provide a safe, confidential relationship for you to explore your feelings,
- be honest with you – congruence,
- try to understand your point of view – empathy,
- not judge you – unconditional positive regard.
In your sessions, we will explore any difficulties to improve your well-being, emotional and mental health.
- talk about your problems with someone who is trained in counselling and therapy,
- relieve the stress you feel,
- have a place where you can tell all of your deepest secrets without feeling judged.
The work we do together is confidential.
Does counselling help?
Do you feel like your life is out of control? Are you struggling to cope with the pressures of everyday life? If so, then counselling might be able to help.
Here are some of the benefits:
- It can help people make sense of their problems and find new ways to cope with them.
- Counselling helps people identify what they want for themselves to live a happier, more fulfilling life.
- It can improve relationships, support employment prospects, and positively impact the health of individuals who attend sessions regularly.
“Billy has provided an open, non-judgmental, and comfortable space for me to explore why I fall into self-defeating cycles of negative thinking and see that my thoughts and feelings are of value and relevance. He has helped me break down these cycles to see how my ways of thinking manifested themselves and what steps I could take to break them. As I said, it can be tough, and I did not always like ‘looking at myself’, but Billy’s patience and empathy have encouraged this.”
An evaluation of the effectiveness of person‐centred counselling and therapy in routine clinical practice concluded that:
The results indicate that person-centred counselling is effective for clients with common mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression. Furthermore, effectiveness is not limited to individuals with mild to moderate symptoms of recent onset but extends to people with moderate to severe symptoms of longer duration.
Isabel Gibbard Terry Hanley. First published: 17 November 2008
With these benefits in mind, it’s not difficult to see why many people choose counsellors as their first port-of-call when looking for someone who will offer support during tough times.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to see a Counsellor?
For many people, the cost of seeing a Counsellor is one of the first barriers to seeking help. In this section, I will look at what you can expect to pay for individual counselling sessions in Cornwall and what support may be available if you are struggling to meet those costs.
In the UK, counsellors typically charge around £40-£60 per session, but prices vary between providers, so it’s always worth looking into exactly how much each counsellor or agency charges before committing.
I provide an introductory free session and discounted charges for students, job searchers, and those on a low wage.
What is the difference between a therapist and a counsellor?
Counselling and therapy are often used interchangeably, but there is a distinction between them. Counsellors tend to focus on solving problems, whereas therapists help people deal with their thoughts and emotions.
The benefits of seeking counselling for those in Cornwall include: building self-esteem, gaining new perspectives on life events, and increasing understanding of oneself and others.
Can anybody call themselves a counsellor in the UK?
As a counsellor and therapist, I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and verified by Psychology Today.
However, according to a BBC inquiry, no regulations prohibit people from practising as therapists or counsellors in the United Kingdom. However, due to the ease with which a person can complete a cheap online course, check.
How long does therapy or counselling take?
One of the most common questions people ask when researching counselling and therapy is “how long does therapy or counselling take?”
Every person is different, and the duration of therapy or counselling will vary. For example, some people feel that they need to work on their issues for a few months, whereas others may find it helpful to complete one session per week. As your counsellor, I will discuss this with you and help you decide what might suit your needs best.
If you have any questions about how long it might take, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me via the contact page.
What happens in counselling sessions?
Counselling sessions are a safe space for talking through your thoughts and feelings with a trained professional. This is usually done in person but can also be done over the telephone or online, if necessary.
I will listen to what you have to say without judgement and won’t tell you what they think is best for you – we’ll work together until we find a solution that works for you.
The primary purpose of counselling is not to diagnose mental health problems but rather to help people learn how their minds work, understand themselves better, and change their lives.
You might want someone to talk things through with who understands how difficult it can be when feeling stuck in challenging circumstances.
You are a real person with a real story, the expert on yourself!
How often do sessions take place?
Counselling sessions can be weekly, fortnightly or monthly. It all depends on your needs and the type of counselling you’re having. Some people keep going back for regular sessions to maintain progress, while others can work through their issues with less frequent visits.
The frequency of counselling will need to be discussed during your first session to get an idea of what would work best for you.
Counselling Cornwall offers various types of counselling, including short-term solutions, long-term therapy and couples counselling. You’ll also benefit from being able to meet with me at one of our locations in Truro, Penzance, Redruth, Helston, Camborne or Falmouth.
What happens if I have to change or cancel an appointment?
You can change or cancel your appointment with 24-hour notice on weekdays.
Payments are to be made before sessions. Fees for sessions need to be paid at least 48 hours before your booked session, or I will consider it cancelled. Payments can be made weekly but must be paid 24 hours in advance.
For ease of admin, Monday sessions need to be paid by 7 p.m. on the Friday of the week before. For all other sessions, payment must reach us by 5 p.m. the day before.
Counselling and therapy sessions are arranged in advance for an agreed date and time. If you are late, I will wait for 10 minutes. If you have not contacted me during this time, the session will be missed and cancelled. You will be charged.
If you are late attending your session, we will still end at the original end time for the session.
What about Confidentiality and Privacy?
Privacy and confidentiality apply to the service and clients.
- You’ll be able to talk about your problems with someone who is trained in counselling.
- Be able to relieve the stress you feel.
- Have a place where you can tell all of your deepest secrets without feeling judged.
The work we do together takes place in a confidential environment, face to face or online. However, there are particular circumstances in which therapists/counsellors can break confidentiality. For example, if it comes to their attention that the client presents an imminent risk of harm to people – this would include you as well!
Breaking confidentiality has its reasons and will depend on what’s best suited at any time; however, all of these guidelines come under the BACP Code of Ethics, so I must always act no matter how difficult situations get.
You can now self-refer by completing my online referral form.
Clients can self refer via my contact form.
You can also use the contact page for more information regarding my services, including relationship issues, one-to-one counselling, and young people. Reach out for support with low self-esteem, anxiety, depression and other difficulties.
Billy Smith Counselling – Counselling Cornwall.
To sum up.
Counselling can be a powerful tool for improving your mental health and emotional well-being. Many people find counselling an empowering form of self-care that helps them better understand themselves and their emotions.
When you’re ready to take the next step towards healing, contact me. I am non-judgemental, empathic and honest in my approach with clients, so please don’t hesitate to reach out!
Do you want to heal?