Hello and welcome to our page. Rochdale Connections Trust (RCT) is a small charity in the Rochdale Borough that provides a variety of support services and support groups as well as our affordable counselling service. We provide a safe, non judgemental and confidential space for individuals to explore any presenting issues.
The Counselling service is run by highly experienced counsellors and aims to provide an accessible service to all. We are usually able to access individuals within 2-4 weeks of first contact and then pair them with an appropriate counsellor. Our Counsellors are friendly, approachable and person- centred so really care about your needs.
Clients come for an initial assessment before being matched to a counsellor with the right level of training to help with their issue. All counsellors are supervised monthly by our experienced coordinator to ensure you are receiving the best possible support.
Our volunteers and staff are passionate and committed to helping people overcome difficulties they may be experiencing through a range of therapy techniques. The counselling process involves providing a sounding board for individual's, giving them a safe place to talk about issues that trouble them, and allowing counsellors to help them find their own solutions to problems or develop better ways to manage issues. They do not give advice; rather they provide a non-judgemental, empathic and accessible means to allow an individual to find a way forward.
You can see photos of our counsellors before meeting them via our website: www.r-c-t.co.uk/meet-the-counsellors
Clients will be seen for an agreed 6 sessions then given an option at the end to extend this.
If you would like to access Counselling please telephone our friendly staff on 01706 345111.
We will take basic details and arrange for you to have a counselling assessment at our premises on Drake Street.
Training, qualifications & experience
We have a team of experienced Counsellors each with a range of different qualifications, ensuring the most appropriate Counsellor is assigned to each individual client. Counsellors are Level 4 to Level 7 accredited and are fully trained in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Our Counselling Coordinator is responsible for allocating the most suitable Counsellor to an individual client alongside monitoring and supervising the team of Counsellors. Qualified at Level 5 in Management and Leadership, she ensures the service is well-led and ensures the best service-offer to clients. She is Level 7 accredited in Counselling and Psychotherapy with over 1000 client hours experience. She works as an Integrative counsellor, blending different methods of counselling according to clients needs. In addition she has mentored/supervised a number of trainee therapists on placement and works alongside Universities and Colleges to offer further opportunities and support.
We have offered Counselling for over 6 years, working with over 350 individuals affected by Domestic Violence and Abuse; Bereavement and Loss, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD and Work-place Stress to name but a few.
All our Counsellors work within BACP's Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to the guidelines of safe-guarding and confidentiality.
Member organisations *
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.
Areas of counselling we deal with
Other areas of counselling we deal with
As part of our Counselling Service we ask all client's to give feedback on the service as a whole and the sessions with their Counsellor.
Most of our Counsellors are volunteer's who are dedicated and committed to improving the lives of people living in the Rochdale Borough. We feel the client feedback really shows how much our Counselling Service is needed and valued by our service users.
“I came to counselling from the Freedom Programme after being in a bad relationship. Jenny referred me to see a counsellor and I was seen really quickly. I also had a family support worker at RCT who helped me with my bills and debts. The counsellor was easy to work with and I was very happy with the support. She got me through some really tough times. I am still struggling now but feel able to get on with my life. There are things I would like to explore in the future but I am not ready at the moment. Thanks to the team for everything”
"I have achieved a lot, I am a new person now! I can stand my ground thanks' to the counselling. Thank you for making me see things in a different way, in an adult way!
Thank you once again"
“My counsellor was fantastic during my journey and was able to support me given any way I was feeling. She helped me to understand things and deal with day to day/ week to week issues, without influencing my thought or emotions. My counsellor helped me to make sense of a lot of things and relieve the stress around my circumstances and the things I was dealing with”
"I was very nervous starting counselling and not sure what to expect, but having completed my sessions I wish I had done it a long time ago. The referral was very quick which I was not expecting and I started with my counsellor two weeks after I was seen for an assessment. My counsellor was lovely and made me relax, the sessions have been extremely helpful and I am going to miss them. Thank you"
Concessions offered for
We offer counselling for people in Greater Manchester who may be on a lower income or require long term therapy. You can refer into the counselling service for the fee of £25 per session for a student/volunteer counsellor and £40 for one of our qualified and experienced counsellors.
We are happy to discuss a package of support and tailor the therapy around individual need. You can call the counselling team to talk about options and what may work best for you.
Sessions are usually 9-5pm and we can provide proof of appointments for those who may need to take time out of work. Some of our counsellors are able to offer evening and weekend appointments via zoom or telephone.
Service Users already on an RCT programme can access support for a minimum donation as long as they are fully participating on a programme and have been seen by an RCT team member. We will consider peoples income when discussing donations.
Company's and Businesses
Rochdale Connections Trust are offering a programme of ten weekly one-hour sessions, at their independent counselling rooms located at Connections House, 60 Drake Street, Rochdale, Lancs, OL16 1PA, with an additional free initial assessment for a set price. Referrals can be taken immediately and the initial assessment will be undertaken within 2 weeks.
Subsequent sessions can be purchased in 6 weekly blocks at the reduced rate, inclusive of VAT.
When we work
9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday.
Some availability for telephone and zoom sessions in the evenings
We are able to provide awareness raising sessions to individuals or groups to share information of the service and what clients can expect from sessions.
We are also able to provide staff training or group awareness sessions on mental health and well being, stress management, healthy relationships and mindfulness.
If you have any questions or would like to make an enquiry please contact a member of the Counselling Team on 01706 345111.
We have lots of positive feedback and testimonials from individuals which can be found via our website: