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We are piloting a brief counselling service for people, aged 16 and over, living in Ryedale, experiencing mild to moderate levels of emotional and psychological distress from September 2021. 

Following an initial triage appointment with an experienced and qualified counsellor, we aim to offer a first counselling appointment with one of our trainee practitioners as soon as possible (again normally within 28 days). Counselling sessions will usually last 50 to 60 minutes and are normally held on a weekly basis.  We offer face-to-face or remote (telephone or online) appointments.

The main criterion for the pilot is that clients are assessed as being at mild to moderate need using the PHQ9 and GAD7 monitoring tools. They types of presenting issues that we would expect include:

Anger

Anxiety and panic attacks

Bereavement/loss

Depression

Disability/chronic ill-health

Domestic and/or Sexual Abuse

Relationship issues

Self-esteem

Significant life changes

Stress

Trauma

Work-related issues

Please see our information sheet about the pilot, which includes information about how to make a referral

As mentioned above, all clients accessing the pilot will be assessed by a qualified and experienced counsellor to ensure suitability for the service, which will delivered primarily by trainee counsellors on placement.  Our information sheet, “What is Counselling?”, describes the valuable contribution made by trainees to the service and the support provided by their training provider and by Community Counselling.  

Clients who present with complex issues will be referred on to one of our existing services where possible (such as the Victim Counselling Service) or referred back.