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About us

Lifespace is a charitable counselling service based at the University of the West of England. Members of the public can self refer, and receive free or low cost counselling.

The clinic is a run by the university as a service to the local community, and as a venue for research.

The term "Lifespace" is a theoretical term put forward in the 1930s by a psychologist called Kurt Lewin. We have adopted it as the name for our clinic, as the term refers to all the factors which operate on an individual and affect their life at any particular time. This reflects the philosophy of our clinic, which aims to provide clients with a safe space within which they can reflect on all the factors which are affecting them, and consider how they can move forwards to live a happy and fulfilled life.

Training, qualifications & experience

All of the Lifespace volunteers are either UWE staff who are qualified counsellors or counselling psychologists, or are UWE trainees on one of our professional training programmes in counselling or counselling psychology.

Member organisations *

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

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


Additional information

Clients will initially be offered the opportunity to take part in one of our current research projects, which will be fully explained during an initial assessment session. Participation in a research project is currently free. 

All of our research is designed to improve currently available counselling and therapy, and all of our research is based on the latest evidence based guidelines (for example, if you have low mood, all of our approaches incorporate the current NHS NICE guidelines for depression).

If you don't fit the criteria for a current research project, then you may be offered low cost counselling as an alternative. (The low cost fee is necessary because research projects are subsidised through research income, whereas non research counselling is not) However, we currently have a number of possible projects, so most clients will meet the criteria for one of them, and be able to access the service for free.

Further information

We are currently welcoming self referrals from any clients who feel thay can benefit from someone to talk to, whether this might be for problems such as depression, anxiety, or relationship difficulties. You can come to us as an individual, or as a couple.

University Of The West Of England, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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