Counselling

Help through counselling and psychotherapy

We have been established as a charity for over ten years and provide a confidential service for people who feel that talking with a trained professional will help them through difficult times in their lives.

People pay toward the cost of the service we provide.  However, as a not for profit service we make every effort to ensure that this is realistically affordable. Your contribution helps us sustain the service, enabling you and others to stay as long as you need. 

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Approaches which our therapists may use

A form of psychotherapy that facilitates personal discovery, healing and emotional health by combining art making and therapeutic dialogue.  The “art” in art therapy is seen as a vehicle of expression. It doesn’t require for you to be an artist or consider yourself good at art.  What it offers is an way of exploring your inner experience & expressing yourself. In addition to a depth understanding of the art process art psychotherapists have skills and experience similar to other therapeutic modalities such as counselling and verbal psychotherapy. Read more about art therapy
Usually short term collaborative work which helps a person to develop new skills and coping mechanisms.  The person learns how to recognise and understand how difficult thoughts and behaviours arise. They can then practise the techniques to manage their feelings and responses more successfully.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. Based on the idea that disturbing memories may be stored in the brain, with the emotions, physical sensations and beliefs that were there at the time of the event.  Although the memory itself may be shut away, it can give rise to difficult thoughts, feelings and behaviours.  During an EMDR session, eye movements are used to help the different parts of the brain reconnect so that memories can be put into a new perspective where they becomes part of the individual’s learning and resilience and no longer cause distress.
Non-directive, focusing on the client’s own values, where the client is regarded as the expert on himself. The client’s self-awareness and sense of self-worth is developed through the relationship with the counsellor. The best way out of difficulties will be one unique to the individual. The work is generally ‘Person Centred’ and will often focus on the whole of the individual’s experiences, thoughts, feelings and actions in the present.  It is a route to self-development and growth.
Exploring patterns in a person’s life and how they are repeating themselves in the present. It examines the emotions which may be keeping us stuck and explores how we might change their influence.  It focuses upon the relationships we have developed with ourselves and others, facilitating new understandings which give us more choice in how we move forward.
A humanistic and holistic therapy. One of its chief distinctions from more traditional Freudian analytical therapy is that it holds we have a “higher” as well as a “lower” unconscious, and that body, mind and feelings are closely connected. Through exploration of all these elements, sometimes through the use of imagery and visualisation, it is possible to understand the patterns that we find ourselves repeating and to move towards uncovering our true potential.
Helps people who are unhappy in their relationship with one another find a way through to better communication. It is not limited to people who are married, but can help in any close relationship. It is about finding common ground and respecting individual difference, enabling better choices to be made and helping people feel more comfortable about their way forward, whatever that might be.
MBCT has been used successfully with people experiencing depression and a range of emotionally stressful situations. It helps us to relate differently to our negative thoughts and feelings. Mindfulness encourages us to develop our willingness to experience life, and our capacity to engage with things that are difficult. It can give us the courage to allow distressing moods, emotions, thoughts and sensations to come and go, without using up our energy to battle against them.
Exploring difficult situations in our lives, with others who share some similar experiences. It can initially be very challenging to be in the group situation as we may already be struggling with feelings of alienation from others or the opposite, feeling too dependent. However, as it is often our experience of the family or social group which has created these difficulties, it is in a group that we may best find a new way of being with others.
An approach which believes in the healing potential of nature-connecting activities, seeing nature itself as co-therapist. Growth and wellbeing are facilitated through contact with those aspects of nature that the client is most drawn to, through activities that reinforce the client’s bonds with the Earth, and by the use of natural metaphors such as the cycle of seasons.

I am interested in seeing someone, what next?

You contact us

We take some details from you and send you some forms to complete

Initial Assessment

We will arrange an initial face to face or remote assessment for you with an experienced clinician, normally within 7 to 14 days.

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Experience

Our therapists, whatever their level of experience, are committed to their own development which we facilitate, providing opportunities for training and continuing professional development (CPD) within the organisation. Staff also undertake external trainings to develop further areas of expertise in their work.

Sometimes a client is asked if they are willing for their situation to be discussed with others in a training organisation to help the therapist progress in their studies. There is never any obligation to agree to this and any discussion would always be anonymous. If acceptable the counsellor will always explain to you what this would involve beforehand.

Supervision

As a BACP accredited counselling service we take  our duty of care to clients very seriously . To maintain standards within the organisation, senior clinicians with qualifications in supervision monitor the work of all our counsellors. As we believe that every client is unique, there is always something new for us as professionals to learn.

As a charity we can provide a safe and professional route for mature student counsellors. If we feel that their experience and previous work provides appropriate skills, we offer internships to people who are working towards final accreditation. As this work is mostly voluntary it helps us to offer counselling at a cost matched to people’s circumstances.

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Find out more

If you would like to find out more about our service or to request an assessment appointment, please get in touch.

Email

marches.counselling@gmail.com

Address​

57 St Owen Street

Hereford HR1 2JQ

Appointments

Available daytime, evening & weekends