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What is counselling?

  • Counselling is a talking therapy where you can discuss your thoughts, feelings and behaviours with a Counsellor who will guide you using an empathic and supportive approach.
  • Counselling can help you come to terms with distressing or traumatic events, such as the loss of a loved one or divorce.
  • It can support people with mild to moderate common mental health difficulties, such as low mood, anxiety, and stress.
  • Your sessions may be weekly or fortnightly and you will have an opportunity to agree the number of sessions in your treatment plan with your Counsellor.  You will usually receive 8-10 sessions.
  • Counselling is delivered in person at your GP surgery or other local venues close to you, with sessions lasting up to 50 minutes.

Who supports me?

  • A Counsellor will deliver the therapy and can support you to enable you to make positive changes.

What are the benefits?

  • A Counsellor is trained to listen sympathetically to your difficulties and suggest ways to resolve issues and change your behaviour as well as suggesting ways to find your own solutions to your problems.
  • You will have an opportunity to make sense of experiences that are confusing or distressing and link them to current difficulties.
  • This will help you to make positive and practical changes in your life that will allow you to better manage your issues now and in the future.
  • Counselling is evidence-based and is a recommended intervention by the NICE Guidelines (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence).

How do I access it? 

  • You will first need an assessment with one of our therapists. You will have an opportunity to talk about your difficulties and what your goals are.  During your assessment you will be able to discuss treatment options with your therapist, where you may both decide that Counselling is best suited to your needs. You will then be given an appointment for Counselling as soon as one becomes available.
  • You can refer yourself by phoning 0191 282 6600 or by completing the online referral form.

What to expect

Find out more information about our service and what you can expect from the process here.

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What we offer

There are a large range of therapies available to help you within our service. You can read more about the techniques we use here.

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We have a range of courses available as part of our service. Click the link below to find out more.

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Frequently asked questions

It is common to have many questions about our service, we have answered many of the common questions here.

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