INFORMATION FOR REFERRERS

Counsel for LIFE is
  • an organisational member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and requires that each counsellor work to the standard of ethics and practice prescribed by that body.
We aim to provide
  • a confidential and professional service in accordance with nationally recognised standards of competence and experience
  • a courteous, speedy response and early introductory appointment
  • affordable help and flexibility in our approach to the location of counselling
Our team of counsellors
  • are trained to at least Diploma level
  • either BACP accredited, UKCP registered, or working towards those marks of recognition
  • have their clinical work professionally supervised by a suitably qualified psychotherapist, and consultation with a psychiatrist is available as required.
We offer counselling to individual adults and to couples, on a wide range of issues including:
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • bereavement
  • eating disorders
  • self-harm
  • post traumatic stress
  • relationships
  • work-related problems
Depending on the presenting issue, we can offer
  • solution-focused brief therapy (6 sessions)
  • time-limited therapy (10–12 sessions)
  • open-ended contracts
  • clinical assessment with an appropriate recommendation for ongoing therapeutic support, where a problem presented is not suitable for counselling.

Although the counselling offered draws upon a range of theoretical models (for example, cognitive behavioural, humanistic and NLP), we use mainly the psychodynamic approach. This explores the effects of past experience and, in particular, primary relationships on the client’s current distress, using insights from the client/counsellor relationship to enlighten and inform the work.

Clients may self-refer, or be referred by their GP or other agency (for example, employer, religious leader, teacher) on a funded or self-funding basis. Fees are negotiable, and in special circumstances (when funds are available) the Financial Assistance Programme enables us to offer professional counselling to selected applicants who would not otherwise be able to afford it.

If you would like to meet a representative from the agency, to discuss further any situations where you feel that a professional intervention could help, or need more information, please contact the Centre Co-ordinator.

Professional Care and Counselling
Counsel for LIFE, 10 The Broadway, Woodford Green,
Essex IG8 0HL Tel. 020-8491-0222