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About us

Life Changes Counselling is a community-based counselling charity offering counselling to adults (18+) in Southampton and the surrounding areas. We are a general service working with clients experiencing a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, bereavement, relationship, abuse, trauma, stress, financial, self-esteem, self-harm, panic, sexuality, mental health, gender, and more.

Through counselling, you will have the opportunity to gain more insight into yourself, your situation and the way you relate to others. You will be able to explore different ways of looking at your life and the choices you make. Your counsellor will help you in this, and in your move towards making your own decisions, and perhaps taking more control over your own life. He/she will support you, but will not judge you, give you advice, or tell you how to lead your life. Counselling is not a treatment that you undergo, but a process in which you take part.

Training, qualifications & experience

Counselling is delivered by volunteers who are experienced qualified counsellors and counsellors in the final stages of their training.  All our currently active counsellors have undertaken additional training to work safely and ethically with clients remotely.  All our counsellors receive fortnightly clinical supervision to help them work safely and effectively with clients.

All our volunteers are members of the BACP/UKCP/NCS professional bodies and Life Changes Counselling is an organisation member of the BACP.

Some of our counsellors have undertaken our internal training to work with victims of domestic abuse. 

Member organisations *

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

We have verified that at least one professional at this organisation is registered with the relevant professional body.

Fees

Additional information

Life Changes Counselling is a charity. In order to keep Life Changes running, we ask all clients to make a donation for each counselling session. We ask clients who are working full-time to make a donation of £25-30 per session. Those working part-time will be asked to donate £15-25 per session. Clients who are not working, or are in receipt of benefits, are asked to make a donation of £10 per session. The Counselling Coordinator will discuss and agree on an amount with you on your first contact.  

Further information

We are a short-term service, offering 6 sessions as standard. If you and your counsellor think it will be useful, you may be offered further sessions. Additional sessions may be offered at referral to clients presenting with domestic abuse issues.

Sessions are 50 minutes long and take place weekly. Daytime and evening appointments are available.

Currently, the majority of our counselling sessions are being delivered by video and over the phone. We are just beginning to return to face to face and we hope to grow this over the coming months.

Southampton, Southampton, Hampshire, SO31

Type of session

In person