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 senior therapists.
How can I get counselling?
If you would like to refer yourself for counselling please 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 therapeutic and supportive groups.
This is a weekly therapeutic group to provide women with a safe supportive space to explore their lives, look at things differently, better understand themselves and gain confidence.
Psychodrama is a form of psychotherapy that supports people to explore situations from their own life through action. This may involve mapping out an issue, exploring a relationship, sharing thoughts and feelings, practising new skills and preparing for the future. Psychodrama provides opportunities for people to express themselves, identify their strengths, overcome obstacles, understand themselves, experience catharsis, develop skills and practice new roles.
If you would like to get involved, you will be offered an assessment with the therapist who facilitates this group.
Peer Support Group
Nottingham Women’s Centre’s peer support group runs weekly on Wednesdays 13:00 – 14:30. This is an open group and women are invited to attend as often as they would like to. The peer support group is also a great place to be supported while waiting for one to one counselling to start.
Peer support is a talking group for women who are experiencing mental/emotional difficulties or have at some point in their lives. The group is a safe place to learn effective ways of coping and to support others in the group by sharing lived experience.
When we share our lived experience we feel heard, supported and less alone. Women have a wide range of coping skills and describe feeling supported but also raising their self-esteem by supporting others.
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.