Due to the Government Advice regarding COVID-19, all our counselling services are currently being delivered by telephone or online. Existing clients, and those who have already received an assessment but have not yet started counselling, will be contacted to make the appropriate arrangements in due course. If this applies to you and you have any questions please contact your local centre via the email addresses below.
Any new enquiries for our general counselling service should be sent to your local centre via the email address below. We are currently experiencing high demand and taking longer than usual to reply to enquiries. Thank you for your understanding at this time.
The Foundation is continuing to offer therapeutic help by switching from face-to-face counselling to a phone or a simple to use online webcam or phone camera service until the current emergency is over.
From Monday 23rd March all counselling sessions will be online or over the phone.
Many of our counsellors are already using this as an option to reach harder to see clients and so we will be utilising our already in-house expertise.
As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic is over and it is judged safe to do so, we will re-open our face to face counselling service.
Counselling is a talking therapy within a safe and supportive environment where you can share anything that is troubling you and be listened to in a way that helps you understand yourself better. Counselling is delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing.
We provide counselling for individuals and couples on a short or long term basis. This means you may either engage in counselling for as long as you require or choose to be allocated a set amount of solution focussed sessions with specific goals in mind.
Usually individuals choose to have therapy because they are experiencing difficulties and emotional distress in their lives. Sometimes people can be isolated but at other times, even where an individual has the most supportive family and friends, they can find it difficult, if not impossible to explain why they may be feeling down or not like themselves.
Counselling can help with a wide range of concerns including
However, you do not have to be in crisis or on the verge of one, before choosing to have therapy. You may be experiencing underlying feelings of dissatisfaction with life in general, or be seeking balance in your life and spirituality. All of these reasons and more will bring individuals to therapy.
Counselling offers a safe space for someone to talk about the things that concern him or her with someone who actively listens, doesn’t judge and provides support. Its aim is to help people become clearer about their problems and also find ways of coming up with their own answers.
We are accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work to their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. The Counselling Foundation is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes everyone irrespective of race, gender, class, culture, marital status, physical ability, religion or sexual orientation. We also cater for clients with disabilities or who speak other languages.
Our clients have supported our work with comments such as:
“Thank you, I’ve got me back!”
“Really helped me feel like myself again.”
“I didn’t think counselling was for me. Now I’ve finished I wish I had undergone sessions sooner.”
“It has certainly helped me to understand what I can do for myself first.”
“It has been good to talk to someone each week who just gets it”
“I have felt like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. It was great to talk about the problems happening in my life”