Counselling is an opportunity to talk about difficult issues and situations - and your thoughts and feelings about them - in a safe and confidential environment with a trained professional who will listen in an accepting and non-judgmental way. 

We offer a number of different types of counselling and psychotherapy, including Person-Centred Counselling, Relational and Psychotherpeutic approaches, Psychodynamic, Gestalt and Humanistic-Integrative (incorporating Solution-Focused, CBT, Transactional Analysis and creative techniques as appropriate) as well as Couples Counselling.  We also offer trauma recovery work, where we are funded to do so, including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) treatment.

The types of issues that clients typically bring to counselling include:

  • Anger
  • Anxiety/stress
  • Bereavement/loss
  • Depression
  • Disability/Chronic Ill-health
  • Relationships
  • Sexuality
  • Significant Life Changes
  • Work-related Stress

Counselling can help you to:

  • Look at those areas in your life that are causing you distress
  • Recognise what inner resources and external support you have
  • Identify what further resources and internal support you can get for yourself
  • Develop a different approach to your life and to those around you.

Sometimes, counselling simply means that you are able to see the same situation in a new light, which in itself helps. The counsellor will not give you advice, or act for you, but may suggest other sources of professional help. 

However, counselling is not considered suitable for certain groups of people e.g. those who:- 

  • Are overtly suicidal/self harming and require emergency intervention
  • Have serious violent or aggressive tendencies
  • Have incapacitating phobias/obsessive symptoms
  • Have severe eating disorders
  • Have a history of psychiatric breakdown
  • Are abusing drugs or on a high level of medication
  • Have alcohol as their main presenting issue
  • Have severe learning disabilities
  • Present with sexual dysfunction
  • Have personality disorders

We aim to provide clients with an initial assessment appointment within 28 days of receiving a referral so that we can ensure that our services are right for you and to answer any questions you might have about counselling or about our services