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Counselling and Mental Health

Counselling is a therapy which involves talking through your problems with a counsellor. 

Counselling in Primary Care

Primary Care counselling is a free, short-term, weekly counselling service for patients aged sixteen years or more. You can be referred for counselling by your GP, or other health professional.

The Counsellor can support you in addressing a specific problem, such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Family issues
  • Bereavement and other losses
  • Relationship issues
  • Coping with injury or illness
  • Self image and identity issues
  • Mild to moderate depression
  • Sexuality issues
  • Emotional, physical or sexual abuse issues
  • Stress

You may be offered between 2-12 sessions or signposted to other services which might be of help to you.

Counselling appointments generally last for 50 minutes and provide a place for you to talk about your problem, express your feelings, and feel supported and heard. Counselling can help with working through what has happened in the past as well as what might be going on now. Counselling can help you to make changes and move forward in a more positive way.

Counselling is confidential. However, please be aware that if there is a risk of harm to you or someone else, or where required by law, we may share information with critical others.

External Websites:

Counselling - NHS Choices

Mental Health - NHS Choices


Bullying UK


The Royal College of Psychiatrists

Cruse: Bereavement Counselling

CHUMS - community based service for children and young people with mild to moderate mental health difficulties

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