Due to the Government Advice regarding COVID-19, all our counselling services are currently being delivered by telephone or online.  Existing clients, and those who have already received an assessment but have not yet started counselling, will be contacted to make the appropriate arrangements in due course.  If this applies to you and you have any questions please contact your local centre via the email addresses below.

Any new enquiries for our general counselling service should be sent to your local centre via the email address below. We are currently experiencing high demand and taking longer than usual to reply to enquiries. Thank you for your understanding at this time.

Bedford@counsellingfoundation.org
Broxbourne@counsellingfoundation.org
Luton@counsellingfoundation.org
StAlbans@counsellingfoundation.org
Stevenage@counsellingfoundation.org

 

The Foundation is continuing to offer therapeutic help by switching from face-to-face counselling to a phone or a simple to use online webcam or phone camera service until the current emergency is over.

From Monday 23rd March all counselling sessions will be online or over the phone.

Many of our counsellors are already using this as an option to reach harder to see clients and so we will be utilising our already in-house expertise.

As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic is over and it is judged safe to do so, we will re-open our face to face counselling service.

Mental Health and Wellbeing at Work

We champion reducing the distress caused by mental health through the delivery of our counselling and training provision.

  • 1 in 5 people take a day off work due to stress
  • 1 in 10 people have resigned from a job due to stress; 1 in 4 have thought about it
  • 19% of staff feel they can’t speak to managers about stress at work
  • 25% of people surveyed considered resigning due to stress

We offer a wide range of mental health workshops and webinars which can help employers work towards change and how they think and act about mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.  Learn how to offer support to staff by equipping them to handle difficult conversations with listening and reflecting skills and providing practical information such as where to signpost to.

Bespoke Workshops: 
Written by clinical experts, these interactive and in-depth sessions are designed to educate and create a confidential space for engaging discussion. Our range of topics is ever-growing and can be written based on what your organisation needs and what the management want to improve.  Some examples of workshops we regularly deliver are:

  • First Aid for Mental Health
  • Understanding Anxiety and Depression
  • Money and Mental Health

Through our specialised training, expect to:

  • Learn about the most common mental health disorders that can occur in the workplace including stress, anxiety, depression and trauma.
  • Understand the differences between these disorders, how neuroscience can help us make sense of them and what they look like in reality.
  • Work on building resilience and confidence to handle mental health issues in the workplace.
  • Discover how to spot the signs of trouble, early and later interventions available.
  • Develop active listening skills, become aware of body language and learn how to create a safe space for staff that want to disclose to you.
  • Participate in experiential role play to fully understand possible perspectives when having important discussions.

Live Webinars and Podcasts 
As an alternative to workshops, and for those that cannot take time out of the office, we offer live webinars and pre-recorded podcasts for businesses, covering a variety of contents, to help staff build an understanding of, and grow confidence surrounding mental health issues.

Workplace Wellbeing Services

The Foundation offers ad hoc referrals for workplace counselling which are especially helpful following critical incidents, workplace trauma, performance issues and personal concerns that impact on employees’ wellbeing.

We also partner with local organisations in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire offering an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) to help reduce workplace stress and improve wellbeing through the provision of short term professional counselling for employees in any one of our five Centres:

  • Short term confidential counselling (eight weekly sessions)
  • Fifty minute sessions delivered by qualified counsellors
  • Sessions are charged at £55 per session per employee
  • Employees are provided with a confidential feedback form

We can also provide leaflets and information for employees should they wish to self-refer into our open-ended (long-term) counselling service at their own cost.

“I have felt like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.  It was great to talk about the problems happening in my life.  The help I have received has helped me very much.”

If you have any queries or would like more information please contact us.

01727 86 85 85 (ext.105)  |  staffsupport@counsellingfoundation.org

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