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Meet The Spark’s Inverness Counsellors
The Spark’s team of Inverness counsellors provide a range of counselling services to clients face-to-face*, online or by telephone. We pride ourselves on the professional integrity, experience and qualifications of our counsellors.
Learn more as we catch up with Tracy Sedgeworth, one of our Inverness counsellors.
What first attracted you to counselling as a profession?
Being able to work in a profession that makes a difference in people’s lives.
In four words, sum up what a client can expect from The Spark Inverness
Friendliness, warmth, helpfulness, confidentiality.
What makes The Spark Inverness such a popular counselling provider?
I’d say the ease of access to services, the experience of our counsellors and approach to confidentiality are all key. Clients looking for therapy can also be confident that all our counsellors have specific training and experience in areas like relationship counselling, couples counselling and youth counselling.
The fact that clients can have counselling by video call or phone is also really important. Services in Inverness cover a wide area, much of which is rural. So, for clients who can’t get to us in person, this offers an option that really makes counselling accessible.
Our location for face-to-face sessions is also a big plus. We’re based on Church Street in the centre of Inverness, which is really easy to get to by either car or public transport.
What do you say to people who are feeling anxious about coming to counselling?
It’s completely normal to feel this way. For many people, the thought of coming to counselling can feel intimidating, even frightening. It takes real courage to make that first step, to book the appointment and get yourself through the door.
It can be hard to open up and tell a complete stranger what’s going on for you. I try really hard to offer a safe, comfortable place where clients can be reassured that they won’t be judged. Whatever the issue, I’ve probably heard it before and won’t be shocked. And I’ll never push a client to talk about anything they really don’t want to.
Clients might also be worried about confidentiality. We’re a relatively small community here and it’s an understandable concern. But everything we discuss in counselling stays there. Your counsellor won’t even acknowledge you if you pass them on the High Street!
Is counselling just for individuals and couples who are in crisis?
Absolutely not! Often clients do come when they (or their relationship) is in crisis and they are completely overwhelmed. But sometimes it might not be at that stage yet.
Perhaps they keep making the same mistakes in relationships and want to understand why. Or a couple has noticed that things are just not the same as when they first got together – maybe the ‘spark’ has gone, or things have changed since they had children.
I’d definitely encourage clients to come to counselling before things get to a crisis stage if they possibly can.
Counselling services and support from The Spark
To learn more about The Spark’s team of counsellors, take a look at the Meet our Counsellors section of the website. Alternatively, you can find out more about our counselling services for individuals, couples, married couples, children and young people.
If you are feeling like you need to speak to someone or just need someone to listen to how you are feeling, The Spark’s free helpline is open on 0808 802 2088 during opening hours. A team of experienced Helpline Counsellors are available to listen or talk to you, free of charge and in confidence.
Please note: due to Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, face-to-face counselling appointments may not be available. We do provide a range of online counselling and telephone counselling services. Please freephone 0808 802 2088 for more information.
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