We have been established as a charity for over twelve 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.
Gestalt is a highly positive and practical integrative therapeutic approach. Broadly, Gestalt practitioners help people to focus on their immediate thoughts, feelings and behaviour and to better understand the way they relate to others. This increased awareness can help people to find a new perspective, see the bigger picture and start to effect changes.
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.
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.