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Aurora Counselling offers a range of therapeutic and wellbeing services which can both improve and maintain healthy emotional and mental wellbeing. Clients can access services as they feel ready.

It is important to everyone at Aurora that you have the information you require to aid your decision when choosing which service is right for you. To assist with this, Aurora offers all new clients an initial consultation session with the client coordinator to learn more about the services on offer and also to share information which can offer an understanding of your needs so together you can decide which option may be best for you.

Below is a summary of all the different services available at Aurora Counselling. You may find it useful to read in advance and bring any queries or concerns you have to the initial consultation session.



Individuals may choose to have therapy because they are experiencing difficulties and distress in their lives. Feelings such as anxiety, depression, fear, hopelessness and anger can be overwhelming and may leave an individual feeling unable to cope or isolated and alone. Therapy can give clients an opportunity to talk one to one with someone who will listen carefully ,support and not judge. Even when an individual has supportive friends and family it can still be a great relief to talk to someone outside the situation who will not be hurt or upset by what is said Therapy can help with many life issues and events such as bereavement, relationship breakdown, financial and/ or workplace pressures. However you do not have to be in crisis or on the verge of one before choosing to have therapy. Therapy can also help address dissatisfaction with life or the need to seek balance. Together you and your therapist will work through the issues that are distressing you and move towards a happier, more contented place.

Below is a really useful link from the website of BACP ( British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) outlining what you should expect from your therapist. All therapists at Aurora Counselling are members of BACP and are committed to the practice of their ethical framework. Click here to view.


Not all therapy is the same. There are many different approaches and methods and many of Aurora Counselling therapists are integrative in practice using several distinct models of counselling and psychotherapy together. Our therapists have highlighted their approach to therapy within their personal profile and are happy to discuss this in more detail.

It must be highlighted however that research has shown that it is the relationship created with your therapist that is most important. At Aurora we strive to match you with the therapist we feel best meets your needs however if at any stage you feel the relationship is not working we recommend you discuss it firstly with your therapist or in confidence with our client coordinator.

This type of therapy combines cognitive and behavioural techniques. Clients are taught ways to change thoughts and expectations, with the use of relaxation techniques.

CBT has been effective for stress-related ailments, phobias, obsessions, eating disorders, and major depression (sometimes when combined with drug treatment). Click to hide this text.

This form of psychotherapy was developed to resolve symptoms resulting from disturbing and unresolved life experiences. EMDR is thought to imitate the psychological state that we enter when in rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.

Studies show that when in REM sleep we are able to make new associations between things very rapidly. EMDR is designed to tap into this high-speed processing mode that we all have, but usually do not have access to.

The name of this therapy is derived from the German word for organised whole. Developed by Fritz Perls, Gestalt therapy focuses on the whole of the client's experience, including feelings, thoughts and actions.

The client gains self-awareness by analysing behaviour and body language and talking about their feelings. This approach often includes acting out scenarios and dream recall.

Coming from the 'personal growth movement' this approach encourages people to think about their feelings and take responsibility for their thoughts and actions.

The emphasis is on self-development and achieving one's potential. A 'client-centred' or 'non-directive' approach is often used and the therapy can be described as 'holistic' or looking at the person as a whole. The client's creative instincts may be used to explore and resolve personal issues.

Mindfulness is a specific way of intentionally paying attention to one's thoughts. It is based on the idea that one negative thought can lead to a chain reaction of negative thoughts. This approach encourages people to be aware of each thought, enabling the first negative thought to be 'caught' so that it is seen as just a 'thought' and not a fact. This breaks the chain reaction of negative thoughts giving a mental 'space' in which the person can re-centre themselves in the present. Mindfulness-based therapists can work with individuals and groups and will usually integrate mindfulness in with another type of therapy, in which they are already trained.

Devised by Carl Rogers, this therapy is based on the idea that a client enters into a relationship with a counsellor where the client is allowed to freely express any emotions and feelings. This enables the client to come to terms with the negative feelings that may have caused emotional problems, and develop personal skills. The objective is for the client to become able to see themselves as a person with power and freedom to change.

This approach stresses the importance of the unconscious and past experience in shaping current behaviour. The client is encouraged to talk with their therapist about childhood relationships with parents and other significant people, and the therapist focuses on the dynamics of the client/therapist relationship.

'Transference'; when the client projects their feelings experienced in previous significant relationships on to the therapist, is a method used in this type of therapy. The psychodynamic approach is derived from psychoanalysis, but usually provides a quicker solution to emotional problems.

Relationship counselling encourages the parties in a relationship to recognise repeating patterns of distress and to understand and manage troublesome differences that they are experiencing. The relationship involved may be between members of a family, a couple, or even work colleagues.

This type of therapy promotes positive change and aims to move the client on from dwelling on past problems. Clients are encouraged to focus positively on what they do well, to set goals and work out how to achieve them. As little as three or four sessions may be beneficial.

Trauma comes in many forms: Whether it is a singular event or over the space of time it can be very distressing and so overwhelming it can stop healthy functioning within day to day lives. Trauma Therapy gives the client an opportunity to explore the event itself in a safe and supported environment enabling the client to view the impact it has had on their life. With the support of the therapist clients gain insight into the trauma and learn how to move past and heal enabling a peaceful and healthy life again.




The therapeutic experience is different for everyone. Sometimes therapy may last only a few sessions at other times for many months. It is very much dependent on your individual situation. At Aurora we contract with clients initially for 6- 8 weeks where upon a review takes place between the therapist and client to assess the need for further sessions. At Aurora we aim to put you at the heart of any decision making processes and will listen carefully to what you feel you require for your needs to be met.


Sessions will usually last fifty minutes to one hour. This can be adapted to your needs and should be discussed with your chosen therapist.


At Aurora clients attend for weekly sessions however, this can adapted to suit individual circumstances. If you have any specific requirements which may require flexibility i.e shift work these should be advised at the initial consultation session


Disability should not make a difference, although adjustments may be required .This should be highlighted at initial contact to Aurora so we can ensure we have adequate facilities in place from the initial consultation stage.


Aurora Counselling offers both funded and paid places. At your first appointment, following the initial consultation session, a holding deposit of £20 is due to be paid. If attendance is maintained in accordance with Aurora's cancellation policy the deposit will be refunded at your final session. If not, the deposit will be utilised to cover the cost of missed or sessions cancelled late. This will be explained fully at the initial consultation session.