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Counselling

Our counselling service is designed to encourage and enable vision impaired children, young adults and caregivers of vision impaired people to develop and enhance skills, strategies, self-awareness, confidence and resilience, so that they are better equipped to respond to, cope with and manage the issues and challenges that affect their lives.

We pride ourselves in being able to offer this vital service, delivered by our highly skilled and qualified counsellors. We believe their specialist knowledge of visual impairment, combined with many years of experience working with vision impaired people and their families, enables greater insight into our clients' needs.

How it works

Once we have received your application, or you have been referred to us by another organisation, one of our counsellors will get in touch with you within two weeks, with an assessment being offered within six weeks of the date of referral.

After an assessment has taken place, a counselling agreement that outlines the expectations, boundaries and limitations of our counselling service will be discussed between you and one of our counsellors. Children who are under the age of 16 require a parent or guardian to read and sign the agreement on their behalf. To meet the logistical needs of children and parents/guardians, we can arrange counselling sessions to be held either at our offices in Hove or within schools.

One to one counselling sessions are provided for up to one year including an initial six week assessment period, with regular reviews to assess ongoing need. This gives the client and counsellor the opportunity to reflect upon and identify any issues that still need attention. At this point goals can be set and agreed upon by the client, counsellor and parent/guardian when required. Any additional work required after a year will be assessed by the counsellor and discussed and agreed with a parent/guardian when necessary. This is to reflect the unique and complex needs of each individual.

Our Counsellors

Our counsellors attend regular professional supervision and are members of and work within the ethical framework and guidelines set out by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

David

David has Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) and is formerly a client of Blatchington Court Trust. In 2000, David graduated from Chichester University with a BA honours degree in Humanistic Counselling and soon after founded our counselling service. Since then David has provided counselling and advocacy support to hundreds of our clients and their families.

Barbara

Barbara has Macular Dystrophy and is registered blind and two of her three children have this same eye condition. Her first-hand experience of living with sight loss and parenting visually impaired children, combined with many years as a professional counsellor, provides invaluable experience to our counselling team.

Counselling Agreement

A counselling agreement outlines the expectations, boundaries and limitations of our counselling service and is discussed between you and the counsellor prior to your first session. Children who are under the age of 16 require a parent or guardian to read and sign the agreement on their behalf. Please use the links below to download a copy of our counselling agreement.

Getting Help

If you feel that our counselling service may be of benefit to you, your child or somebody who you care for, please contact us to speak with somebody who can assist you.

For general enquiries and to find out more about our counselling service, please email david@blatchingtoncourt.org.uk or call 01273 727222 and ask to speak with David.

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