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.
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Areas of counselling we deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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.
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client