We are a not-for-profit charity that has, since 1981, been offering professional counselling, at affordable rates, to local residents who would normally struggle to access talking therapies. We endeavour to make waiting times as short as possible, between initial assessment and first session (normally about a week) and will offer flexible contracts, tailored to the client's needs, with no limit to the number of sessions. Working in a safe and welcoming environment and always within professional and ethical guidelines, we offer regular 55-minute sessions, for people who are struggling with a variety of emotional and relational issues, including sexuality, abuse, addiction, self-harm, and self-esteem (though this list is not exhaustive).
We are also able to see couples and adolescents.
**PLEASE NOTE** : Due to coronavirus, we have had to suspend face-to-face counselling for now, as well as room-hire. We are able to offer phone and video (Skype, Zoom, or Face-time) counselling. Hopefully, we will re-open in the Autumn.
Training, qualifications & experience
We currently have 12 practitioners working at the Centre, who have a range of experience, from students on placement to qualified counsellors. All work within a professional code of ethics and offer a wide variety of counselling models, from Person-Centred and Psychodynamic to Gestalt and CBT. This means we are able to tailor our approach to our clients' needs. But despite these differences, the counsellors do have in common that they are all volunteers,who give up their time to support a service they believe in: improving access to talking therapies for people on limited income.
Member organisations *
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
Without funding or grants, our clients are our sole source of income . We therefore levy an affordable fee, but one that is based on the client's capacity to pay. The initial assessment is free and after that the standard fee is £15 per session (subject to negotiation) It is the avowed intent of the Centre to make counselling as accessible for the client as possible, without them worrying unduly over costs.