Counselling service 

What is counselling?
Counselling involves meeting weekly to talk about the thoughts and feelings you may have following your bereavement. A counsellor will not tell you what to do, but will listen with respect and understanding in order to help you make your bereavement more manageable. Trust, compassion, confidentiality and a safe environment are all essential to our service.

What do we offer?
Our service is open to adults who have been bereaved in the Southwark area. We offer 12 weekly sessions of 50 minutes each, with a possibility to review and extend these further. Our service is strictly confidential.

What will happen at first?
You will have an initial assessment to find out more about you and help you decide whether counselling is right for you. Please note there will be a waiting period between the assessment and commencement of counselling. We recommend a gap of at least three months following the bereavement before commencing counselling. This is based on research which shows counselling is more helpful once the first shock of the bereavement has passed.

Who will I see?
You will always be seen by a fully trained counsellor or psychotherapist who has a good knowledge of bereavement issues. We provide professional clinical supervision. Our service works to the ethics and guidelines of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.

Is counselling for me?
There is substantial evidence that counselling can help people through bereavement, but it may not suit everybody. It can feel upsetting and hard work at times, and bring up difficult feelings. Your counsellor will be there to help you through this. Please contact us if you are unsure whether counselling is right for you.

How much will it cost?
We offer a sliding scale ranging from £5 – £40 depending on your circumstances. Find out about our fees.

Do I have to see someone face to face?
We offer weekly telephone counselling for those unable to attend face-to-face meetings.

What about home visits?
We offer home visits for those with restricted mobility, and a befriending service. Please contact us for more information.

What are the impacts of grief?
Grief can affect people in many different ways. You might experience strong emotions such as sadness, anger or dread, or alternatively feel numb and cut off. You might find yourself more prone to physical ill-health or other physical affects. Find out more about the impacts of grief here. Counselling can help you make sense of these different impacts. It can help you manage them and find meaning in grief.

What is complex bereavement?
For some people, grief can be prolonged or particularly intense, and have an impact on their ability to cope with everyday life. This might be the case if your loss was particularly traumatic, such as through suicide, murder or the death of a child, if you’ve suffered multiple bereavements or life traumas, or have already faced depression or mental ill-health. We give particular priority to people who have suffered complex bereavements.

How to I refer myself for counselling or find out more?
You can refer yourself to counselling here. Please contact us if you would like to find out more about our service.

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