Cornerstone Counselling & Therapy Centre
Cornerstone provides counselling and psychotherapy for all ages, individuals, couples and families. It is managed by Gail Evans (see separate profile) and Sue Campbell who are both very experienced practitioners and clinical supervisors. Our aim is to be welcoming and to simplify the process of finding a suitable therapist. We know that making the decision to seek help can be worrying and it would be unusual if you were not anxious about it at all. Our trained and friendly reception team aims to help you achieve a good match between your issues and expectations and available therapists, as this can be a confusing process, especially if you have never chosen a therapist before. Not every therapist or therapy is suitable for every individual.
Our Associates are independent, experienced, practitioners covering a wide range of specialisms, in terms of the problems they can help with and the approaches and skills they can offer. We select our Associates carefully and vet their qualifications and that each is a member of a suitable professional body, but they are not employed directly by Cornerstone.
A number of our Associates also are qualified to offer clinical supervision.
We have contracts with some employers to provide employee counselling and receive referrals from medical and other professionals. Some of the Associates are BUPA registered.
We provide a comfortable, and welcoming, environment for you (with free tea and coffee). We always invite and appreciate feedback and are proud of the reputation we have built in the area.
If you've never been for talking therapy before you need to know that sessions are usually 50 minutes, but some types of therapy might need slightly longer sessions. Generally people attend weekly, but this can vary or change over time as you make progress. Your therapist will discuss with you things like confidentiality and what therapy involves. Please see our website, or speak to our friendly reception team, for more information.
Training, qualifications & experience
All our therapists are members of relevant professional bodies that meet the government's Professional Standards Authority requirements. For example, this includes training standards, annual requirements for continuing professional development, insurance and clinical supervision. Specific qualifications vary according to the chosen approach and specialisms of individual therapists. They are all experienced in their relevant fields and our reception team is very experienced and includes staff with counselling qualifications.
Member organisations *
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSRT is the UK’s leading membership organisation for therapists specialising in sexual and relationship issues.
All members must abide by their Code of Ethics and the performance of accredited members is regularly monitored.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Areas of counselling we deal with
As our Associates are independent practitioners they each set their own fees, and these vary dependent on their qualifications and experience. Please ask the reception team when you make contact and they can give you specific details to help you in your choice of therapist.
Cornerstone is normally able to offer appointments within a week. There is greater demand for evening appointments, so if you can come in the day or at the weekend you are likely to be seen more quickly. Some specialist therapists may have a waiting list and take a little longer to arrange.
The centre is open 7 days a week from 8.30 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.
You can refer yourself or be referred, but we prefer to make appointments with you direct so you can discuss your needs and we can help you choose a therapist from those available.
You can telephone 0114 267 8613 or email email@example.com (there is also an enquiry form via the website).
Reception is open Monday to Friday, normally 11.00 - 7.00 and if the line is busy you can leave a message for us to call you back.
Outside the above office times calls and emails are picked up remotely (by a real person!). If the line is busy or temporarily unavailable please leave a message about how we can best get back to you (phone number, time, who to ask for, and if privacy is an issue when we call back).