Nottingham Women’s Centre is committed to supporting the wellbeing of women across Nottinghamshire, including mental health and wellbeing. Our counselling service offers professional, low-cost one-to-one and group counselling to women over the age of 18.
What is counselling?
Sometimes it is difficult to talk to friends and family and feel really listened to. Whether it’s problems in your personal, work or home life, whether you are trying to deal with the past or something that’s going on right now, everyone, at one time or other, needs support. When going through these difficult times having someone to talk to who you can trust, in a safe and supportive environment can make a big difference.
Counselling can help you understand yourself and others better, providing you with the opportunity to gain a new perspective on your situation and help you to make your own choices about the changes you want to make in your life. It can also provide you with the opportunity to learn new skills and strategies to help you deal with problems and move forward.
Women come to counselling for all different reasons, some of those might include stress, anxiety/depression, relationship problems, bereavement, isolation, low self esteem, anger, experiencing a traumatic event, self harm, abuse or neglect in childhood, drug or alcohol problems, and physical health issues, and many more.
If you are unsure whether counselling is right for you please feel free to book an assessment and talk it through with our Therapeutic Services Manager.
How can I get counselling?
If you would like to refer yourself for counselling please complete our online form and choose an available appointment time for your assessment meeting, alternatively call our reception on 0115 9411 475, or come on into the centre and someone from our team will be able to book an appointment for you.
What does it cost?
We ask our clients to contribute between £5 to £25 a session, based on their income. This will be discussed and negotiated with you at your initial session which is free of charge.
How much counselling can I have? How long will appointments last?
Each appointment will last 50 minutes and will be on the same day each week with the same counsellor. We can offer both short and long term counselling, the duration of your counselling will be agreed between you and your therapist based on what feels right for you.
What will happen during counselling?
Counselling is not the same as giving advice. Your counsellor will respect your values and choices and encourage you to choose the focus of your counselling sessions. Counselling is a completely voluntary, collaborative process that requires your motivation and active involvement. Our counsellor will spend time really listening to you and your concerns to help you clarify your thoughts and feelings so that you can arrive at your own understanding and decisions. Depending on their training, your therapist may also suggest using art or movement work for example, everyone is different and it is important to find what feels helpful for you.
What’s the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
Sometimes psychotherapy is described as involving longer more in depth therapeutic work however at Nottingham Women’s Centre we chose not to make any distinction between the two. All our volunteers are trained in both counselling and psychotherapy and will try to take the approach that best suits you.
Who are our counsellors?
Our service is staffed by a mixture of qualified, experienced counsellors/therapists and trainees who are working towards British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) accreditation. They are DBS checked, insured and have regular clinical supervision.
It is important that counselling is private and confidential. However, there may be times when we may need to share serious concerns for your safety or the safety of others with professionals such as a GP or social worker. Whenever possible we will always talk to you before sharing this information. We will only share the minimum amount of information needed to keep you safe and ensure the quality of our service. The limits of confidentiality will be explained fully at your assessment appointment before you begin any counselling.
In addition to counselling, we also offer group therapy.
For those waiting for our counselling service, or for those who would like to experience counselling as part of a group, we offer an Empowerment Circle on a Tuesday morning twice a month. These sessions are informal and work with what is brought on the day. Using creativity, conversations, support and listening, members find that through the support of other group members they discover different approaches to dealing with challenges in life. Regular attendance increases self-esteem and helps you navigate life more effectively. The group is a drop in session running from 11.00am – 12.30pm every other Tuesday.
Coping with Anxiety
This is a psycho-educational group, which allows women to come together and discuss anxiety in an open way. The course was developed to guide women through reasons why they become anxious, what happens when they do become anxious (and why this happens), and techniques to help combat anxiety. This group runs once a term and early registration for the course is advised due to demand. If you would like to join the group but would like to know more about what to expect, the therapist who runs the group can meet people before the session to answer your questions and support you to attend.
For more information and dates the groups run, please see our course information booklet.
If you have any questions about group therapy and would like to speak with the therapist, please leave your contact details by calling 0115 941 1475 or speak with a member of staff at reception. Our therapist will then contact you to discuss any queries you may have.