Mental Health Counselling Service
The aim of our counselling service is to deliver a high standard of short term
counselling within an NHS setting.
Our counsellors are members of the British Association of Counselling and
Psychotherapy (BACP) and are either Accredited or working towards Accreditation.
The BACP is a member organisation that sets standards for therapeutic practice,
and as such, our counsellors work to a recognised standard and adhere to the
BACP code of ethics and practice for counsellors.
The core models of therapy offered within the service are both Person-Centred and
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Referral into the service is only through your GP and we work to the following criteria:
1:1 Counselling (not couples counselling)
Patients who are18 Years and over
Mild to Moderate issues
Patients are not receiving therapy with another service
What to Expect
We aim to see you for a first appointment within 4 weeks of your referral
from your GP
An initial assessment to find out whether short term counselling (of up to 6
sessions) is appropriate for you, or whether further support through another
service would be more beneficial for you
Work with a counsellor who adheres to recognised BACP standards
We recognise that trust in a therapeutic relationship is very important. This
includes providing a safe and confidential space in which to explore your
difficulties, impartiality, recognising your autonomy and respecting the
decisions you make, and working with you to meet your objectives for your
Each counselling session lasts approximately 1 hour.
Counselling can help with a wide range of emotional problems, for example, anxiety,
depression, relationship difficulties, bereavement, abuse and stress. Counselling can
help you to gain an insight into the causes of why you feel a certain way and help to
find ways to cope and move forwards. It is a process that helps explore and
understand your situation, working with you to help find a solution that’s best for you.