During this period of uncertainty due to the current challenges with the Coronavirus, we want to assure that we are still counselling. Although we can no longer see clients face to face for now, we are offering telephone counselling. Please do get in touch with us if you would like to make an appointment.
Our aim during counselling at Sycamore Counselling Service is to enable positive change through a professional caring relationship, working within clearly agreed boundaries. The service is offered regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnic or cultural background, to people of any faith or none. We work with adults on an individual basis, and do not currently offer couples counselling or family therapy.
Each counsellor has a different way of working depending on their training and model used, and all are trained to Diploma level or above. Our counsellors are Christians and are motivated by their faith to seek to serve the community. Whilst all those working at Sycamore share a world view that is drawn from the Christian faith, there is no expectation that clients will hold the same world view.
We hold membership with either the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) or the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC).
Training, qualifications & experience
Each of our counsellors is professionally qualified, and are Registered members with either BACP or ACC. We also commit to keep our training up-to-date, in line with the requirements of our professional bodies, and undertake a wide variety of training courses throughout the year.
We have a broad range of experience between us, working in charitable organisations and private practice. We each have 10 years experience or more, and work with a variety of issues.
Member organisations *
Association for Christian Counsellors
The Association of Christian Counsellors is a professional body representing and setting standards for Christian counselling and care in the UK. The organisation is made up of various different membership categories, including Counsellor and Accredited, and requires all members working as counsellors to undertake Continuous Professional Development on a regular basis.
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.
Areas of counselling we deal with
We do not charge set fees, as we don't want finances to be a barrier to someone seeking help, so we ask for donations from clients, and can give suggested guidelines if needed.