In the current situation with coronavirus Spiral continues to provide low cost counselling and psychotherapy, and counselling and psychotherapy at reasonable fees for those on a higher income. Sessions are currently being held on the phone or online and will transfer back to face to face when that’s possible.
Founded in 1995 we are committed to offering a service that makes therapy available to as wide a range of people as possible in the local community and beyond.
Spiral makes an ethical commitment to setting all fees on a reasonable scale. We offer an extensive low cost counselling and psychotherapy service for people on limited income. Unusually for a low cost project it is often possible to see a therapist for a year or more. In addition we have a team of experienced therapists providing therapy at reasonable fees with some concessionary spaces. Our service also includes complementary therapy, workshops and groups.
The therapists are from diverse backgrounds, and work with a wide range of therapeutic issues. We value and respect each person’s uniqueness, giving careful awareness to differing cultures and choices. We believe that understanding the marginalisation of people from minority groups is an important part of the therapeutic and holistic frame.
The counsellors, psychotherapists and complementary therapists at Spiral come from a variety of disciplines and trainings. What we have in common is that we all work holistically, honouring the interconnected nature of mind, body, heart and spirit. As well as considering thoughts and feelings, both of which may be experienced physically, we each hold a sense of something more, whether connection with nature, with energy, with shared humanity or with a deeper or higher power within or outside the self.
Training, qualifications & experience
Spiral has high standards of professionalism. The therapists all hold insurance and adhere to the code of practice of their professional organisations. Many have been qualified for between 5 and 20 years, others have qualified more recently and some are in training on recognised diploma courses. What all share is depth of insight, self-awareness and sensitivity.
Member organisations *
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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
Low cost therapy: £10 - £35 according to income.
Other therapy at reasonable fees, between £40 and £60, with some concessions.
If there is no therapist at Spiral who can offer you the support you need then we will do our best to suggest alternatives.
Another aspect of our work is educational. We offer a supportive and challenging learning environment for associate and qualified therapists. This includes placements, supervision, ongoing professional development, short and long term trainings.