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  • Writer's picturemarypascallcounselling

Updated: Mar 3, 2021

Are you wanting to see a counsellor and wondering how many sessions you will need? Will you be able to fit counselling into your schedule? Perhaps you're concerned that you will have to commit to a block of sessions. What if you have to pay for these in advance or to pay for absences? What if you're not sure that this is affordable for you right now?


These are all valid concerns, but they needn't deter you from seeking counselling help.

On making your initial enquiry, don't shy away from explaining your requirements. You can decide whether or not the counsellor's approach is right for you. And shop around - there's no need to settle for the first counsellor you find in your search.


Many counsellors offer a free or reduced-fee consultation, or first session. Short-term therapy as well as open-ended may be available and not all counsellors expect you to commit to a block of sessions. Appointments are usually weekly, but fortnightly sessions may be available, where appropriate. So, if this is your preference, make it known.


Money can be difficult to talk about, but if cost is a consideration, it's worth explaining your position from the start. If you're worrying about affording sessions once counselling begins this may affect your therapy. Remember: counsellors are used to discussing these issues and most will have a counselling agreement which will outline these matters for you.

So go ahead and take the first step to better emotional health - contact a counsellor. Remember, you can ask your GP about counselling and there are charities offering free or low-cost support. See the following link for more information:

Please note: Mary Pascall Counselling offers short-term and open-ended counselling and psychotherapy. For urgent help with mental health, see the following link:

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  • Writer's picturemarypascallcounselling

Updated: Mar 3, 2021

Mid-way into the first month of the new year and many of us in the UK, and beyond, are wondering if 2020 is truly over.

Festivals, rites, traditions have been curtailed and subdued. No need for New Year's resolutions - climate change, Brexit, Black Lives Matter, the pandemic and its recurring lockdowns, division, isolation and loss have presented such overwhelming challenges that we question whether we have the capacity for more.

Let's not understate things - 2020 was a tough, sad, heart-wrenching year.

We have been challenged in ways we have not known previously. We have lost in ways we have not known previously. Let's not understate things - 2020 was a tough, sad, heart-wrenching year. So what can we do to take care of ourselves in the face of the uncertainty of 2021?

Pay attention: listen to your body and mind.

Maintain healthy habits and mutually supportive connections. If necessary and where possible, begin new ones.

Take a break from social media if it feels overwhelming.

Studying? What support is available during this time?

Parenting and home-schooling? Who can help? What can you put in place?

If you are concerned about your emotional/mental health, seek counselling support. Remember, online and telephone counselling is available during throughout lockdown.

For more information, take a look at he following links and take care.


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  • Writer's picturemarypascallcounselling

Updated: Mar 3, 2021

I'm pleased to be part of this new venture: Black Minds Matter UK (BMMUK) launched on December 1st this year to provide funded counselling to people of Black heritage looking for counsellors of black heritage.

Black Minds Matter UK is a charity connecting Black individuals and families with professional Black therapists.

The charity aims to remove the stigma of mental health and remodel services so that they are relevant to the Black community. Clients do not pay for sessions.

For more information please see the following links:


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