LC&CTA Community Counselling Service

What does Counselling provide and what does a Counsellor do?

A counsellor provides a safe, non-judgemental space for clients to talk freely about their life concerns and personal issues. Through listening and encouraging clients to explore their individual situation in greater depth, a counsellor enables his/her clients to reduce any inner confusion or worry and increase their self-understanding. A counsellor does not give advice or provide a client with any direct solutions to a problem, but facilitates the development of a client’s self-awareness and sense of self, which results in the client being able to choose their own best way forward with greater self-insight.

The work of a counsellor is focused on building empathic relationships which promote equality, respect and trust. Such relationships help clients to discuss concerns and events with the counsellor that may be impossible to disclose to family members or friends. A counsellor must have integrity, be honest and open and be able to keep boundaries and confidentiality.

Counselling is only ever undertaken on the request and with the consent of a client, never without it.

Whilst counsellors may work with a client during a period of her/his personal development, counsellors are more likely to be working with vulnerable people in periods of crisis or deep distress.

Practising counsellors regularly attend ongoing supervision with a trained and registered supervisory counsellor in order to enhance their practice, protect their clients and assure their personal wellbeing as a practitioner.

Counselling sessions last 50 minutes and are booked and paid for in 6 session blocks. Sessions cost from £2.00 for those who are unemployed or are otherwise costed on a client’s annual income/ability to pay. However, sessions never cost more than £15.00 per session. We see clients from 14 years old to all adults.

If you would like to refer yourself to our Counselling Service please email us on: The Agency Manager is Jacqui Reid and she will contact you as soon as is possible for her to do so, but please be aware it may take just over a week for her to respond to your email, however do be assured that she will be in touch with you as soon as the demand for our service allows.

If you would prefer to call us then you can leave a message asking Jacqui to call you on our main office telephone number 020 8320 2311.

We welcome all enquiries