Counsel for Life has been an accredited counselling service with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy since 2003. We offer help and support to individuals and couples who may be struggling to cope with issues that they are facing such as losing a job, difficult relationships, bereavement or stress.
At times like this we need someone who will take time to listen and understand, someone who is independent and has the skills to help us find a way forward. Counsel for Life is here to offer this level of support and counselling.
Besides individual one-to-one and couples counselling, we are also from time to time able to offer bereavement groups run guided by a specialist counsellor. These can offer valuable support for those experiencing bereavement. Further details are available on our website, and you can register for a forthcoming group by contacting the office.
Training, qualifications & experience
Our counsellors are all professionals, trained and qualified to at least Diploma level, and are accredited with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or equivalent, or working towards accreditation.
All our counsellors are required to have regular and frequent professional supervision with a registered psychotherapist, and adhere to the BACP ethical framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy.
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Areas of counselling we deal with
We seek to provide a high-quality service which is as accessible as possible to everyone who needs it. Our availability is very good, usually with no waiting list; normally an introductory assessment appointment can be arranged within 10 days of our receiving a registration form.
Our fees are £65 for an assessment for individuals, and £55 for each weekly counselling session thereafter. For couples counselling, both assessment and counselling sessions cost £70 each. Typically a course of treatment will be for 6 to 12 sessions, but more may be required.
We are very aware that not everyone needing counselling will find it easy (or indeed possible) to afford the full fees. We currently have the ability to offer substantially reduced fees to provide support to those who are experiencing financial difficulty or can demonstrate they are on low incomes.
More information about our services and how appointments can be arranged is available on our website, http://www.cfl.uk.com .
Counsel for Life is a service of the Personal Wholeness Trust, a registered charity, based on Christian beliefs and values. We respect the uniqueness and freedom of the client and welcome people of all religious faiths and those who have none.