Liber8 Lanarkshire Counselling Service
Liber8 Lanarkshire was established in October 2007 following the successful merger of The Local Council on Alcohol South Lanarkshire (Established 2005) and Street Base (Established 2000). Liber8 is registered as a limited company by guarantee and has charitable status. Liber8 delivers a range of services throughout Lanarkshire. The initial work of Liber8 was to provide a proactive and reactive approach to tackling alcohol and substance misuse problems, this has expanded into providing a diverse range of community based services including focused services on mental health and wellbeing; criminal justice and addiction and youth services.
Since 2007 we have made a significant impact supporting vulnerable individuals and families in Lanarkshire. We have unrivalled knowledge and experience of local communities, statutory and voluntary sector provision, mental health services, adult addiction services, social housing, children and family services. We are embedded in this community and have a proven track record of successfully engaging with some of the most vulnerable individuals and families in Lanarkshire and working with them to secure positive outcomes.
Our mission is to improve the health, wellbeing and the quality of people's lives, with a particular regard to improving mental health for all and reducing the negative impact of alcohol and substance misuse on the individual, families and communities
Our vision and continued belief is based on the enduring fundamentals of service provision and the ethos held within Liber8, which are; open access available to everyone; choice for our service users; the improvement of the health and wellbeing for all and quality assurance - to provide the best quality service to those most in need.
Our name, Liber8 and our logo which depicts a broken chain, represents Liberation, breaking free, being unchained from the chains that can bind us.
Training, qualifications & experience
Liber8 is an organisational member of and officially recognised by COSCA, the main professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland. Liber8 have held COSCA’s Certificate of Recognition, for the last ten years; this is the nationally recognised scheme for Counselling in Scotland and forms part of COSCA’s quality assurance framework. This scheme aims to identify and raise awareness of good quality service provision and safe practice. The Recognition Scheme has been developed by COSCA through extensive consultation and research and forms part of COSCA’s wider quality assurance work.
By recognising and endorsing good practice within counselling, psychotherapy and counselling skills organisations in Scotland, the Recognition Scheme aims to identify and raise awareness of good quality service provision and offer a recognisable kite mark for achieving this.
Organisations are required to meet 2 types of criteria: Organisational and Practice-based. Liber8 must demonstrate evidence under each of the criteria below:
Organisational criteria focus on:
- Management Structures/Accountability
- Suitability of Premises
- Health & Safety Requirements
- Financial Management
- Publicity Material
Practice-based criteria focus on:
- Training & Personal Development
- Support & Supervision
- Equal Opportunities
- Referral of Clients
- Record Keeping
- Complaints, Appeals, Grievances & Disciplinary Procedures
- Outcomes & Research
To achieve this Recognition Scheme, requires regular monitoring of our systems and quality assurance procedures, and ensures that we and all our counsellors meet or exceed defined professional standards. This includes a commitment to working within the terms of the COSCA Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice. COSCA also oversee a Complaints Procedure which Liber8 clients can use should any difficulties arise whilst having counselling with us.
Member organisations *
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.
It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Areas of counselling we deal with
Donation Based Counselling Service:
Liber8’s counselling service aims to provide access to professional therapy for everyone aged 16+. However, this is a service that relies entirely on volunteer therapists and practice placement students in their final months, giving their time freely.
However as Liber8 is a not for profit organisation and recieves no external funding for this service we ask all clients to contribute voluntarily towards the cost of their counselling if they are in a position to do so. This is completely your decision and WILL NOT affect access to your counselling service as we appreciate that for some clients, a contribution is not possible. We have no fixed charge; it can be as little as £5 per session or as much as you can afford; this will help Liber8 maintain a counselling service. This will be discussed with you at referral stage and initial appointment. Fees can be waived for those unable to pay and this does not determine their place on the list or priority.
Fast Tracked Service:
Liber8 also offer a fast track service for those who want to access the service quickly and can afford to pay for this. All clients seen under our Fast Track Service are additional to our other services, and all proceeds go towards supporting the work of the charity and helping to increase capacity, improve our service and eventually reduce waiting times. Our current charge for this option is very reasonable in comparison to other organisations at £30 per session; this is lower than the average rate for private counselling sessions.
Liber8’s Employee Assistance Programme - LEAP offers an assessment and matched, support and counselling both for employees and their immediate family. Liber8 match the employee to a counsellor who has knowledge and experience of the presenting issues.
There are no large costs attached to LEAP; the service is based only on the support and counselling sessions booked by the employer. LEAP is a preferred and reasonable option for many small to medium sized employers instead of being tied into a large annual service contract which is often not used by employees.
Check with your employer if you require counselling, often they are happy to contribute to the cost of counselling. Furthermore counselling may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. Please check your coverage carefully.