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About us

Our mission is to provide high-quality counselling and psychotherapy for women in the York area who are experiencing difficulties as a result of current or past emotional stress and trauma, regardless of their ability to pay and for as long as they need it.


Our vision is a city where women who need help have access to quality affordable face-to-face counselling and psychotherapy within weeks, not years, and are never turned away.

For twenty years, York Women’s Counselling Service has provided support through its network of qualified volunteer counsellors to women whose needs cannot be met by public health services because of a lack of availability and who cannot afford private counselling. We have established a reputation as a well-known and well respected voluntary agency in York. The experience of our qualified volunteer counsellors and their commitment and dedication to the women they serve, freely given, results in a counselling service in York which is second to none.

Training, qualifications & experience

YWCS consists of experienced, professional and qualified Counsellors and Psychotherapists, with a range of different training backgrounds, offering different models of therapy.

Therapists come from different working backgrounds, many working in GP surgeries, NHS teams, charitable organisations, Schools, Colleges and in Private practice.

YWCS have a range of qualifications in a range of therapeutic modalities. Because of this, we are able to support a range of clients with complex difficultes.

YWCS are committed to offering women the benefit of Counselling and  all therapists work on a voluntary basis. Therapists give their time, free of charge in order that all women may benefit from therapy which would otherwise be too costly or too long a waiting time from other organisations.

Member organisations *

Registered / Accredited

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.

HCPC

Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

We have verified that at least one professional at this organisation is registered with the relevant professional body.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

We are not a specialist service, but we  support our clients with all issues or difficulties that may arise through therapy. If specialist support is needed we can signpost to the relevant organisation.

Therapies offered

  • Dramatherapy
  • EMDR
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Unemployed

Additional information

During assessment the client will discuss with the assessor the sliding scale of donations, depending on their individual circumstances.

Availability

Our waiting list is currently closed and we are not taking new self referrals.

15 Priory Street
York
North Yorkshire
YO1 6ET

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

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York Women's Counselling Service

York Women's Counselling Service