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Umbrella are offering their Counselling and Psychotherapy service from the LGBT Centre. The service has a long history of providing free counselling to men, women and non-binary people from the LGB& T communities.
The service now provides care at two levels:
Counselling: This is shorter term work and looks at one or two very specific issues.
Psychotherapy: This is longer term and looks at a variety of issues.
Our counsellors are all qualified or in the process of being qualified to first degree level. Our psychotherapists are all qualified or in the process of being qualified to MSc/ MA level. All receive regular supervision and further training through HGL and are bound by professional codes of ethics.
Flexible appointment times
To make accessing our counselling or psychotherapy service as easy as possible we offer appointments from early morning to well into the evening. There is usually quite a demand for these early and late appointments but we’ll fit you in as soon as a suitable time becomes available.
A welcoming safe environment
We aim to offer counselling and psychotherapy in the best circumstances we can to maintain a relaxed and confidential space for you to work through your issues.
Sometimes during counselling it becomes apparent that clients could benefit from using other organisations to meet some of their needs. We can offer referrals and support to clients in accessing these if necessary.
What we can offer you:
A place where you can refer yourself
Sometimes a doctor or social worker refers people to our service. Most people refer themselves to us through after seeing one of our adverts, picking up a leaflet or though a personal recommendation.
The choice to see a male or female counsellor/ psychotherapist
Some of the people who use our services have a preference over the gender of the counsellor they see. Wherever possible we will try to accommodate this but all our counsellors/ psychotherapists are widely experienced and knowledgeable. We can also offer a variety of different therapeutic approaches.
How to Refer
Counselling and psychotherapy are not one-way processes and for the client to gain most benefit we ask that they adhere to some basic conditions in the form of a ‘contract’. This includes: That you attend your sessions regularly, understanding that the process can take a number of weeks or sometimes months to resolve issues. That you agree with your counsellor/ psychotherapist the terms for confidentiality of your issues.
Contact the counselling coordinator on 0797 6919481 and leave a voicemail message.