What is counselling?
Our counsellors and creative therapists offer a regular space where you can explore difficult life experiences and find new and better ways to deal with them.
Our counselling service provides you with a regular time and place, each week, to think and talk about how you are feeling. The counsellor will help you make connections between the past and present and explore how you respond to current difficulties. They will not tell you what to do.
You might want to talk about:
- Difficulties you are experiencing in your life at the moment.
- How the past affects your thoughts, feelings and behaviours now.
How can counselling help me? It may help you with:
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Low self-esteem and self-worth
- Lack of confidence
- Managing stress
- Coping with the effect of abuse as a child or adult
- Understanding your relationships and developing more healthy ones
- Coping with loss such as bereavement, relationship breakdown or unemployment
- Addictive behaviours
- Managing feels such as shame, anger, guilt
Our counselling service is provided by a team of therapists, with a wide range of experiences, backgrounds and expertise. The counselling coordinator will assess your needs and allocate you to the counsellor that best suits your needs. All our counsellors are volunteers; some are qualified while others are still in training. We require very high standards of therapeutic competence, and all our counsellors receive professional ongoing support for their development are insured and registered or members of an appropriate membership body.
How do I access the low cost counselling Service?
The referral form to be completed can be found here. If you are new to WomenCentre you will also need to complete a New Contact and Information Sharing form, found here and return these with your counselling referral form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we receive your referral you will join a waiting list. Shortly after you will be contacted by the counselling coordinator for an initial discussion to explore whether counselling will be appropriate and useful for you.
How much will counselling cost?
We offer a low cost counselling service that is based on your income:-
Under £10,000 £5 per session
Under £15,000 £10 per session
Under £20,000 £15 per session
Over £25,000 £20 per session
Indicate which is applicable to you on your referral form.
*Please note no one is refused counselling because of their financial situation –if the lowest cost (£5) is not affordable and is a barrier to you accessing our service please let us know on your referral form and we can agree a lower fee (between £1 and £4).
We have a cancellation and non-attendance policy which we will discuss with you at the initial assessment and then ask you to read and agree to this when you start your counselling.
Payment for counselling
The first assessment session is free. Thereafter you are asked to pay for your session each week by online banking or cheque.