Sesame Counselling Service was set up in the early 1990's to offer a low cost counselling service to the residents of Newport and surrounding areas. The name 'Sesame' - "open door" - reflects our commitment to offer a service to adults who feel they might benefit from counselling support.
We are open from 6 – 9pm on Tuesday evenings throughout the year, apart from Bank Holidays, and we are located in Park Square, Newport.
To arrange counselling for yourself please contact us on 01633 223055 and leave a message with your name and number.
Sesame is a voluntary counselling service with a charitable status and as such we do not charge a fixed fee for our counselling sessions, all we ask is that you make a donation for each session to help run the service. The donation is discussed at the first session.
Sesame is temporarily moving to telephone counselling. We hope this won’t be for too long. If you require counselling please contact our number in the normal way
Training, qualifications & experience
Sesame has a small team of counsellors who come from a variety of backgrounds and are at different stages of their counselling careers. We seek to encourage the particular style and skill that each counsellor contributes while keeping our focus firmly on our client's needs.
As a member of the BACP, Sesame fully subscribes to its code of ethics and practice. All our counsellors have regular supervision.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling we deal with
Sesame is a voluntary organisation. As a registered charity, we rely on donations made by our clients and we ask each of our clients to give what they can afford. This is done in the knowledge, that by making use of our services, you are ensuring that we can help others in the future. Your counsellor will discuss and agree with you in the first session how much you are able to donate.
Regrettably, we have limited disabled access and no wheelchair access.