WLM Highbury Counselling Centre
WLM Highbury Counselling Centre (HCC) offers a confidential, affordable and professional counselling service.
Highbury Counselling Centre offers a confidential, accessible, and professional counselling service to adults in the community. We aim to offer our clients a space they can use to talk about a wide range of emotional issues such as anxiety, depression, loss, and other distressing life events. We offer longer term counselling for one year, which is currently a rare and precious resource in the field of mental health.
Some clients come to deal with a very specific issue that is creating emotional distress in their present lives, others want to understand a troubling past experience, or change the quality of their relationships with their family and friends. We help our clients understand and change emotional patterns so they can look forward to a better future.
One of our main objectives is to offer an accessible and affordable service, by taking into account our clients’ financial situation, and we are proud to offer a reduced-fee scheme to clients who are on low income.
Following an in-depth initial consultation with new clients, we make appropriate referrals to our team of counsellors, based on the counsellor’s level of experience and therapeutic approach. All our counsellors work under the supervision of experienced counselling practitioners, and abide to the BACP Code of Ethics.
During 2016/2017, our team of 26 dedicated volunteer counsellors were able to offer counselling contracts to 81 new clients, delivering a total of more than 2200 hours of therapy.
Group Therapy at WLM HCC
WLM HCC is starting a year-long therapeutic group for adults, and we are open to new client referrals.
Group therapy has a long, proven record as a highly effective and useful form of psychotherapy.
It is as helpful as, and in some cases more helpful than, individual therapy particularly when social support and learning about interpersonal relationships are important objectives of treatment.
Group therapy offers you an opportunity to:
- Receive and offer feedback
- Improve interpersonal relations and communication
- Talk honestly and directly about feelings
- Gain insight and understanding into ones’ own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors by looking at relationship patterns both inside and outside the group
- Gain understanding of other people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
- Improve self-confidence, self-image and self-esteem
- Undergo personal change inside the group with the expectation of carrying that learning over into one’s outside life.
Read Gemma's story (one of our former clients)
HCC is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and all our counsellors abide by the BACP Ethical Framework.
Further to this, HCC offers high quality clinical placement opportunities to training counsellors, who are working towards their professional development.
Would I be able to access this service?
If you live within travelling distance of the service then you would be able to use our service.
Referrals come from individuals as well as via local GP’s, the NHS and a diverse range of statutory and voluntary agencies.
Those who use our counselling come from a broad cross-section of the local community, people of all ages (over 18) and from a diverse range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. We also aim to offer the service in as many non-English languages as possible.