The Upside Counselling

 At Uppertunity, we provide a pluralistic counselling service for individuals with additional needs, learning disabilities, autism, physical health barriers and mental health barriers to resolve personal and psychological problems.

“Having a welcoming space that is free of judgement has helped me to be open about how I feel about my life.”

What is Pluralistic Counselling?

Pluralistic counselling is a type of counselling that involves the therapist offering a range of different approaches and techniques to assist the client in addressing their specific problems. The client chooses from a broad range of tools and techniques that suits them best. 

This type of counselling is about using a combination of methods and theories, tailoring the sessions to the individual’s needs with an emphasis on working collaboratively. Our methods include talking therapy, CBT, mindfulness, sensory cubes, gardening and more.

What are the benefits?

There are many different benefits to seeking counselling, including but not limited to:

· Developing a greater degree of self-awareness, and a better understanding of self and others

· Improving self-esteem and becoming reflective in personal relationships

· Potentially leading to healthier life choices

· Finding increased enjoyment and fulfilment in life

· Improving self-knowledge and clarity of mind

· Developing coping mechanisms for the future

Who can receive counselling?

Any individual aged 15 and over can receive counselling. The Upside counselling service is aimed at individuals with learning, mental or physical disabilities. Individuals who are still in education or are deemed protected adults will need consent from their carer. 

What happens at a session?

When clients initially join, we find out what their current world looks like and what they would like their future world to look like. We use different assessments tools such as ‘My World Triangle’, ‘Wellbeing Wheel’ and ‘Anxiety Measures’ in the first session. This is used throughout the individual’s journey with us. Sessions last approximately 50 minutes.

You’ll be asked a range of questions, for example, about your background and the people in your life. It is helpful for the counsellor to know as much as possible about you to ensure that counselling is the right option to help you. We want to understand how you perceive your problems and what changes you would like to make in your life, helping you to identify goals/aims. If you wish to continue counselling, the counsellor will discuss with you the contract. You will see the same counsellor and build a relationship with them, and sessions will usually occur weekly at the same time. On rare occasions, a client might need referral on to another agency. If this is the case, then the counsellor will discuss this with you. 

All you share with your counsellor remains confidential and is not disclosed to anyone else. There are some rare exceptions to this which the counsellor will advise you about: clients who are at risk of harming themselves or others; disclosures of child abuse or any other form of risk to the well-being of a child; and involvement in terrorism or other criminal activity 

Each session is summarised in a ‘Progress Report’, and all information concerning clients is held and processed strictly in accordance with General Data Protection Regulation. Clients may have access to their records and there is a procedure to follow to enable this. Please ask for more information if needed.

Can I bring someone with me?

It is best if you can meet the counsellor on your own. If this worries you, please include this in the referral form. You might like someone to accompany you on the day and wait in the waiting room for you to finish, this is okay.

What training and qualifications will my counsellor have?

The counsellor has a COSCA Counselling Diploma as well as a BSc Honours in Psychology and Counselling, with over 5-years’ experience working with individuals with additional needs. The counsellor also undergoes regular supervision and further personal and professional development.

What are the costs?

Each session is charged at £25. Uppertunity is on the framework agreement for the provision of support services/children and families which covers this cost. Funding is also available through Independent Living Fund Scotland (ILF) for individuals aged 16 and 21.

How do I sign up?

An individual can be referred for counselling by someone else, but the individual must give consent to this. An individual can also refer themselves. Please contact Danielle on the below details to receive a referral form. Once the form has been received, an initial session can be arranged.

Where will the counselling take place?

On arrival you, will need to sign in and the receptionist will direct you to our office. All counselling sessions take place in a quiet therapeutic room within our main premises: Room 35, The Circle, 4-6 Staffa Place, Dundee DD23SX.