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 *
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
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.
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.